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Carmen was the first to achieve notoriety in the early 1950s, as a lead dancer of incomparable beauty and grace with the Lester Horton Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater. Geoffrey, large in life and an elemental force on stage who would find fame not only as a dancer but also as an actor ("Live and Let Die"), soda spokesman ("the Un-Colaaaaa...") and theater director ("The Wiz"), met Carmen during a production of Truman Capote's "House of Flowers" in 1954, and proposed to her on sight. They married a year later and have been together ever since.
Filmed over a period of three years in New York, Texas, Trinidad and Paris, Carmen & Geoffrey features candid interviews and riveting archival dance footage. Performances of their work with Alvin Ailey, Herbert Ross, Lester Horton, Joe Layton, Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker, as well as their choreography work and Holder's stunning achievements in painting and costume design demonstrate the virtually uninterrupted creativity of these icons of dance.
Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Endearing, with glorious, amazing archival footage! --This Week in New York
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Directed by Linda Atkinson and Nick Dood, "Carmen and Geoffrey" is an informative and loving tribute to these icons of modern dance. The movie begins when Carmen and Geoffrey were mere youths themselves, burning with an unquenchable desire to express themselves through dance. It chronicles the early years before they met, he a dyslexic child growing up in Trinidad and she a student of ballet in 1940s Los Angeles. When they did finally discover one another - in the production of Harold Arlen's "House of Flowers" - it was love at first sight. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Luckily for us, Carmen and Geoffrey are still alive and well and as eloquent, open-hearted and gregarious as ever. We get to hear the story of their careers and lives - and of their nearly half-century-long love affair - in their own words.Read more ›
of dancers and choreographers Geoffrey Holder and Carmen De Lavallade.
It covers their personal lives and how that intertwined with their considerable impact on American
and world dance. Geoffrey has seemingly endless talents --painter, author, costume designer,
director, and Carmen has seemingly endless youth. At 71 she still is a magnificent, flowing dancer.
A celebration of love, and creativity walking hand in hand.
My only very minor quibble is I wish some of the dancing clips were longer. At just
82 minutes the film could have easily allowed us to enjoy their sublime work a few minutes more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful account of the lives of two of our most cherished and colorful artists. It was a joy to watch and remember their careers.Published 7 months ago by Mark Twain
Two superb dancers at their peak. I can watch this DVD over and over again. when Geoffrey Holder died this past year, we lost a giant.Published 8 months ago by maggie
I saw her on stage in Los Angeles. I also met her sister a very long time ago. One of the most memorable DVD's ever/
This is just a WONDERFUL documentary. So informative and fun! They are both such accomplished and entertaining people. I would highly recommend it.Published 10 months ago by R.P. Rose