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The Dancer (1994)


Picture: C†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Documentary: C+



We have had many films and special interest titles on dancing, even ballet, and Danya Feuerís The Dancer (1994) is yet another chronologically covered exercise in how hard dancers work to perfect their craft up to the big performance.It is always impressive and magnificent, which this critic is not saying mockingly.Instead, it really is often this powerful, including here, but the predictability always undercuts the final work here unless you have not seen many of these types of works or could care less about said predictability.


This one takes place at The Royal Swedish Ballet School and specifically Katja Bjorner, though the school has many other talents.Director Of Photography, electronic or not, Gunnar Kallstrom does get in there with the camera(s) and gets the kind of footage you need to really see what is happening to put this highest form of classical dance together.It is nice when it clicks, but as I watched, I wondered how much Robert Altmanís recent The Company was deconstructing this.Iíll have more to think about when I get to that one, which was shot in digital HD.


The 1.66 X 1 image looks like it was shot on video and then transferred to film, which is fine for a documentary work, looking like PAL format here, but it has some serious detail limits and the color is a bit off.On the other hand, the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has enough Pro Logic surrounds and was a Dolby A-type theatrical sound release.The only extra here is trailers for four other such titles from Frist Run on DVD.The Dancer is a quality work, but is recommended for ballet fans only.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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