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Martha Graham Dance on Film (The Criterion Collection)

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One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer’s World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1959) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets, the first a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, scored by Aaron Copland, the second a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. These are signature Graham works and tributes to the art of the human body.

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  • Directors: Nathan Kroll
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SFJ4L8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ivan D. Cortes on May 20, 2008
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This DVD was absolutely outstanding for me (unfamiliar with modern dance) and exceeded my wife's expectations (very knowledgeable and familiar with modern dance). The reasons for this very positive impression were: Martha herself narrates and explains the whole DVD, the film producer also provides insights into Martha's life and personality, and original dancers performing the original productions.

Very enjoyable either as an expert or as a beginner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Sanders on January 9, 2009
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Wonderful! These 2 DVDs allow you to watch 3 performances and listen to commentaries on them afterwards. These commentaries help you to understand the meanings of the movements in the dances. There is even older footage of Appalacian Spring which is compared to the newer version which I found interesting. I was particularly interested in Martha Graham's techniques, and there is some filming of some of those with her voice narrating and explaining them. It is a treat to hear her speak. For people interested in the filming aspect of the performances and others at that time period, it is neat to hear what Nathan Kroll has to say on that subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Henry Magoo on October 30, 2010
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This lady was a true icon. I am so happy that her performances were preserved for us not so fortunate to see her in person. Each replay of this disc brings a new detail previously missed. Recommend this for all dance buffs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KAC on January 19, 2014
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Martha Graham was a unique dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance is undeniable. Nathan Kroll's "Martha Graham Dance on Film" captures that and more. This compilation of performances, interviews, and documentaries makes it easy for anyone - not just dancers - to find inspiration in the work of dancers and the progression of Modern Dance through the twentieth century.

The DVD is conveniently broken up into different chapters. Some document Graham's life; others are recordings of her dances and film productions she's made with her company and film industry colleagues. I watch my favorite chapter, "A Dancer's World," all the time. It's so enchanting - kind of like being lulled to sleep to the cadence of your favorite bedtime story. Also, if you pay close attention, throughout the DVD you'll see appearances from other awesome dancers like Merce Cunningham, Mary Hinkson, Yuriko and Paul Taylor.

Due to Graham's contributions to dance on film, this DVD is a great find for any cinephile. It's awesome that Nathan Kroll put this together. You won't be sorry you bought it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Britney on January 5, 2013
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This is a great video for dancers and teachers. Quality is excellent and I couldn't get enough of the footage. Loved it.
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