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The Dancer

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The Dancer

From the American midwest to the toast of the Belle Epoque cabarets

French singer/actress Soko (Augustine) and Lily-Rose Depp lead a star-studded cast in Stéphanie Di Giusto’s spec­tacularly mounted screen biography, inspired by the true story of two rival pioneers of modern dance and theatrical performance in late 19th-century Paris. Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller (Soko), born in the American Midwest, to become the toast of the Belle Epoque cabarets – or to perform at the Paris Opera. Hidden behind metres of silk, her arms extended by long wooden rods, the athletic Fuller was able to reinvent her body on stage, enthralling her audiences a little more every night with her revolutionary “Serpentine” dance.

Dazzling the capital, she became an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. Eminent admirers fell to her feet: Toulouse-Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin. Even if the physical effort risked destroying her back, even if the glare of the stage lights seared her eyes, she never faltered in the quest to perfect her art. But it was Loïe’s meeting with Isadora Duncan (Depp) – a beautiful young prodigy hungry for glory – that threatened everything: her stature, her confidence and her sanity. With excellent support from Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and François Damiens, this gorgeously realised debut charts the remarkable destiny of a woman ahead of her time, one who revolutionised her art to a degree that still astounds over a century later.

Critic Reviews:

  • " Artistically executed in its cinematography, Dancer is a poetic biopic of a young woman at the turn of the 20th Century. " – Brigid Presecky
  • " This is a beautiful and intelligent film but the show-stealer is unquestionably Benoît Debie's cinema­tography, particularly during Fuller's on-stage dance routines. " – Rachael Mead
  • " The Dancer is so dreamily shot, with such nakedly committed acting by music artist SoKo, that you can almost forgive its narrative gaps-and the considerable liberties it takes with historical fact. " – Janet Smith
Release date NZ
March 8th, 2018
Manufacturer code:
PAL173
Number of Discs
1
Length (Minutes)
104.0
Aspect Ratio
  • 2.35 : 1
Language
French
Subtitles
English
Supported Audio
  • DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Brand
Countries of Production
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
Genre
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Original Release Year
2018
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9322225225169
Product ID
27575174

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