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Martha Graham: Dance on Film

Spine #406

Sep 18, 2007

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Martha Graham: Dance on Film

Directed By: Peter Glushanok, Alexander Hammid
Starring: Martha Graham
Licensor: Janus Films

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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 (1958) 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.

  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, a 1994 documentaryproduced for PBS's American Masters series
  • A comparison of Appalachian Spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt
  • Excerpts from a television pilot featuring composer Aaron Copland discussing his work on Appalachian Spring
  • A visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll
  • New interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll's work and legacy
  • Interviews with the films' editors, Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham
  • New interviews with six dancers from the films: Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi, and Ethel Winter
  • Excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham's company, narrated by Graham
  • Footage of Graham's company from a 1954 European tour


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