Ghostlight (2004)

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For his feature debut, writer/director Christopher Herrmann chose a subject near and dear to his heart. Herrmann had been the biographer and a close friend of renowned choreographer Martha Graham before the dance legend passed away in 1991 at the age of 96. With Ghostlight, Herrmann pays tribute to Graham by recreating the events that preceded +Phaedra. Graham is portrayed by drag queen Richard Move (who also co-wrote the script), and Ann Magnuson plays Barbara Rosen, a filmmaker who is permitted to document the process of bringing +Phaedra to the stage. Deborah Harry and Mark Morris appear as themselves in cameo roles. Ghostlight screened at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Cast

Richard Move
as Martha Graham
Ann Magnuson
as Barbara Rosen
Mark Morris
as Himself
Rob Besserer
as Erick Hawkins
Maryette Charlton
as Helen Keller
Ernest Abuba
as Noguchi, Isamu
Reid Hutchins
as Principal Dancer
Tres Bien Pollard
as Principal Dancer
Jennifer Binford
as Principal Dancer
Amy Piantaggini
as Principal Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Ghostlight

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Few performances are hardy enough both to blossom in the dark intimacy of live theater and bloom under the glaring eye of a movie camera. Ghostlight is not the exception.

Jun 25, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Achieves substance as a historical document, an homage, an appreciation of the axis of empathy shared between larger- than-life women and the (frequently) gay men who venerate them.

Jun 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
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Ms. Magnuson's consummate professionalism offers an unflattering contrast to Mr. Move's not-so-inspired amateurism.

Jun 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

A bizarre and campily amusing 'tribute.'

Jun 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

Real history and raunch poke through, but the thirtysomething Move is too vital to be Martha in her dotage.

Jun 22, 2004 | Full Review…

An affectionate, witty tribute which also happens to be one of the best films about dance ever made.

Aug 8, 2004 | Full Review…

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