Criterion Collection: Martha Graham - Dance On (Region 1 DVD)

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Martha Graham. This in-depth look at one of the 20th century's most notable dancers and choreographers features the biographical film, A Dancer's World (1957) narrated by Graham herself and featuring her methods and movements; and two complete ballets, Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961), plus a plethora of bonus features. 1957-61/b&w/93 min/NR.

Product Details

Barcode
715515025829
Department
Movies & TV
Released
18 Sep 2007
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Musicals
Sub-genre
Musicals
Region
Region 1
Studio
Criterion
Runtime
93 min
Age Restriction
UNR
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Martha Graham: Dance on Film
Release Year
1957
Running Time
93 min
Language
English
Categories
Musical & Performing Arts / Dance / Ballet / Dancers / Documentary / Teachers
Synopsis
As a dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham was a revolutionary, exchanging the flowing movements of traditional ballet for an approach far more jagged and Cubist. Though her legacy remains controversial, it is undeniable that Graham's impassioned forms helped give birth to the rise of modern dance. This collection of films offers a rare glimpse into Graham's world, both as choreographer and performer. Included here is the documentary A DANCER'S WORLD (1957), in which Graham discusses her methodology, and two of her most famous ballets, the Aaron Copland-scored APPALACHIAN SPRING (1958), which focuses on a Prairie wedding, and NIGHT JOURNEY (1961), Graham's exceedingly dark take on the Oedipus myth. Also featured here is a profile of Graham from PBS's AMERICAN MASTERS series, MARTHA GRAHAM: THE DANCER REVEALED (1994).
Release Notes
DVD Features:
  • Full Frame - 1.33
Audio:
  • (unspecified) - English
Additional Release Material:
  • Archival Footage
Featurette:
  • 1. "Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed"
  • 2. "Aaron Copeland: Art in America"
Interviews:
  • 1. Ron Simon
  • 2. Martha Graham Company Dancers
Text/Photo Galleries:
Essays:
  • 1. Nathan Kroll
  • 2. Joan Acocella
Cast & Crew
Star
Martha Graham
Producer
Nathan Kroll
Choreographer
Martha Graham
Score Composer
Aaron Copland