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Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About - The Definitive Biography of an American Dance Master

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'Give me something to dance about and I'll dance it.'
Jerome Robbins to Irving Berlin

No other creative figure of the latter twentieth century was as contradictory as Jerome Robbins, and few were as controversial. He was a master of the Broadway musical, transforming its possibilities with such works as West Side Story, Gypsy, and Peter Pan, and was one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced.

This first and only documentary on Robbins features excerpts from his personal journals, archival performance footage, and never-before-seen rehearsal recordings, as well as interviews with Robbins himself and over forty witnesses among them Mikhail Baryshnikov; Jacques d'Amboise; Suzanne Farrell; Arthur Laurents; Peter Martins; Rita Moreno; Austin Pendleton; Frank Rich; Chita Rivera; Stephen Sondheim; and Robbins Fiddler collaborators Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein.

'Robbins' remarkable body of work forever redefined dance and musical theater for a contemporary audience', says Susan Lacy, Creator and Executive Producer of WNET's AMERICAN MASTERS, a six-time winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. 'The revival of West Side Story on Broadway this winter just validates his lasting importance, his lasting impression. We are thrilled to air this film in tribute to Robbins' genius, celebrating the 90th anniversary of his birth.'

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About was directed and produced by six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Kinberg and written by best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill. This film is narrated by Ron Rifkin (Brothers & Sisters), who performed the roles of both Robbins and his father in a workshop production of the director/choreographer s theatrical autobiography, The Poppa Piece.

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Straddling the worlds of ballet (Fancy Free, I'm Old Fashioned) and Broadway (West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof), Robbins invested both with the lithe power of his lines and an elegant bravado. Judy Kinberg's sturdy documentary pins down the man and his magic. --Time Magazine, April 3, 2009

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  • Actors: Ron Rifkin, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Stephen Sondheim
  • Directors: Judy Kinberg
  • Writers: Amanda Vaill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PSVHNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Judith on February 19, 2009
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There is a veritable treasure chest of film clips of Robbins' work on Broadway, in film, and ballet. Some might wish the ballet coverage was more extensive, but what is there is wonderful to see, and much of it is with original casts. This DVD is a must have for dance lovers.
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I knew many of the people associated with Jerome Riobbins though I never met him. This DVD seems to be a very accurate and honest portrayal of the man, his talernt, his demons and his great contribution to American theatre whether it be on Broadway or the field of ballet. It is pure joy to behold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Johnson on April 16, 2009
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Excellent. A must have for musical theatre buffs. First saw it on PBS and loved it, although the Phoenix PBS HD Channel 8 sound seems to have odd buzzes and drop outs via the usually reliable DirecTV. Anyway, having the DVD solves the sound problem. Fascinating look at a true genius of the golden age of musicals. I have watched it 3 times in a month.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Exdancer on October 9, 2009
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I hope people keep his work alive. Should be taught in all the Dancing Schools too. A great Choreographer is hard to find, and these days style and line seem to be missing.Only wish I could buy Pal from Amazon instead of NTSC. Anyway I loved it.
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What a fine American Masters production! It is accurate, insightful and engaging. I know some of the interviewees, and it was interesting to hear their personal "takes" on working with Robbins. A fair and balanced, entertaining, and inspirational retrospective on one of the great creators of music theatre and ballet.
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Wonderfully done as biography and dance history. I doubt any one DVD could encompass all of Robbins' work as ballet choreographer, Broadway choreographer and director, and theatrical innovator. This gives us a strong sense of this complicated, tortured, and enormously gifted man and his work.
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By Janet F. Denk on January 9, 2014
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I purchased this as a gift for my sister, a lifelong dancer and dance instructor. We studied together years ago with Gus Giordano in the Chicago area. Jerome Robbins is a dance icon and trailblazer in the Broadway musical dance genre.
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