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In 1887, after the death of her father, 25-year-old Marie-Louise leaves her life in the American West to join her mother in New York and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. On stage one night, she avoids falling by spinning the fabric of her long dress in a graceful gesture, and the Serpentine Dance is born. The dazzled audience calls out for more. Marie-Louise becomes Loïe Fuller and leaves New York, where imitators try to steal her radical innovations, for Paris.

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Marie-Louise Fuller - dite Loïe Fuller
Gaspard Ulliel
Le comte Louis d'Orsay
Mélanie Thierry
Gabrielle Bloch
Lily-Rose Depp
Isadora Duncan
François Damiens
Edouard Marchand
Denis Menochet
Ruben
Stéphanie Di Giusto
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Stéphanie Di Giusto
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  • If only Di Giusto more ambitiously broadened her scope, she would have made a fleet-footed tribute for the ages instead of stumbling over such rich possibilities.

    December 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Uses much creative licence in retelling Fuller's life.

    December 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Dancer" seems genuinely hostile to its subject, whose real-life accomplishments deserve better.

    November 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Evasions of fact render the project suspect, but the chance to observe Fuller's genius realized onstage almost redeems it.

    November 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Like Loe Fuller's serpentine dance, the film is structured on repetition: spinning and spinning but never actually taking us nowhere.

    November 26, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ground-breaking dance innovator Loe Fuller gets a near-complete fictional overhaul in this unnecessary, formulaic biopic.

    May 14, 2016 | Full Review…

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