Friday, January 8, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Dancers


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE VIEWED: 1/8/2016

TITLE: Dancers

FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 52 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 24.6 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3848.6 miles

SYNOPSIS: A lead ballet dancer struggles to regain his artistic edge by having affairs with several of his female costars.  

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CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   The repressed sensitive man finds his center through dance.  Just because you can dance does not mean you can act.

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PROS AND CONS:  If you like ballet, this would be a movie for you.  One of the reasons that I have a random media generator (RMG), is to provide me with a film to watch, regardless of my preference.  Sometimes you get a great film, other times, not so much.

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This is a film that I would never have watched without the RMG.  I found the film to be more odd than anything else.  What it ended up being was a performance of the ballet “Giselle” with a backstory of the ensemble and all their affairs and trysts.  

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The whole film seemed to be an excuse for the American Ballet Theater to travel to Italy and film the work, along with adding a little spice behind the scenes to give it broader appeal to those dance aficionados that don’t necessarily like classical ballet.  

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The acting is sub-par.  Just because you can dance does not mean you can act in front of a camera.  Baryshnikov is a great dancer in his prime and is passable as an actor, however, this is a contrived script and the dramatic back-story is totally overshadowed by the performance of Giselle which takes up the last 40 minutes of the film.

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The target audience is 14 year old high school girls that are in the Glee Club and Dance Squad with sugar plum dreams of eventually dancing for George Balanchine.  Something to watch during a girls sleep-over party, and not much else.   


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.