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Ailey (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Ailey pays invigorating tribute to its subject's brilliant legacy -- and offers a tantalizing introduction to the rest of a fascinating story.

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Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. AILEY traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey's own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.

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Ailey's story is interspersed with rehearsal scenes of a new work celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company he founded.

January 9, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This captivating documentary portrait of the choreographer Alvin Ailey, who died in 1989, treads a fine line between loving memorial and unfettered hagiography.

January 7, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Poeticism ebbs and flows throughout Wignot's impressonistic mediation, fluctuating in parts.

January 7, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What emerges is Ailey's lifelong seriousness and his vocational purpose in dance.

January 5, 2022 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You leave "Ailey" hoping that, somewhere, he's watching still.

August 26, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Poetic -- absolutely beautiful.

August 6, 2021 | Full Review…

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