Cunningham Reviews

January 22, 2020
While writer/director Alla Kovgan covers Cunningham's philosophy and contemporary reactions to his work, she can't quite convey its raw emotional content.
January 3, 2020
There's a curious disconnect between these roundabout ways we learn about Merce Cunningham, the man, and the development of his idiosyncratic dance and choreography techniques, and the fluidity with which the actual restagings of his works are presented.
December 30, 2019
What we get, however, isn't so much a cohesive narrative as it is set pieces, held together by a thin framing device. For a film of such visual audacity, the lack of storytelling depth is frustrating.
December 13, 2019
By having a moving camera going through the dancers, you are adding an element that Cunningham didn't create that is often very distracting.
December 12, 2019
Kovgan does Cunningham a disservice by crowding his story and the power of his own creations with gratuitous whizbangery.
December 6, 2019
By amplifying Merce Cunningham's dances with sun-dappled backdrops and 3D gimmickry, the film deviates from their creator's principle in a way that almost seems to betray their original intent.
September 25, 2019
A flawed but tangible document of a passed era.