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A Feature film by Raoul Ruiz

Produced by Theatre de la ville, Maison de la culture de grenoble, Arcanal

Release in France : 23/07/1986

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"Except for The Red Shoes, this shot-by-shot rethinking of a dance performance by the Emile Dubois Dance Group, choreographed by Jean-Claude Gallotta and directed by Raul Ruiz, could be the greatest dance film ever made. Running only 65 minutes, the 1986 film is as much a sensual workout as Ruiz's Life Is a Dream is an intellectual one; its celebration of pure physicality and movement is as exciting for film lovers as it is for dance enthusiasts. Using a Welles-inspired cinematography of wide angles, deep focus, shadows, silhouettes, and tilted perspectives, Ruiz and his gifted cameraman, Acacio de Almeida, join the spirited group of nine dancers not as detached observers or as competitors but as collaborators in the deepest sense of the word. Working through a continually mutable stage decor until the performance reaches a grand climax in the open air, by the sea, the film is almost as arresting aurally as it is visually, thanks to its natural sounds, music, and nonverbal utterances, all of which are superbly integrated with the physical movements. An exhilarating masterpiece, and in many respects Ruiz's most accessible work of the 80s."

© Jonathan Rosenbaum, "Chicago Reader", 1987.

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Jean-Luc Larguier

Director of Photography :

Acacio de Almeida

Editor :

Martine Bouquin

Continuity supervisor :

Barbara Constantine

Choreographer :

Jean-Claude Gallotta

Screenwriters :

Jean-Claude Gallotta, Raoul Ruiz

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Claude Brisson

Assistant editor :

Sylvie Gadmer

Music Composers :

Henri Torgue, Serge Houppin

Sound Mixer :

Alain Garnier

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Feature film

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Documentation of live performance

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100% French

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1 h 5 min

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