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Cunningham (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Cunningham may frustrate viewers hoping for a purer distillation of its subject's work, but it remains a solid tribute to a brilliant talent.

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CUNNINGHAM traces Merce's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world's most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world's greatest modern dance artists.

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Even decades since creation, Cunningham's choreography still stuns... Stripped away from convention and without explanation, it flies, but stuck inside tired modes of storytelling, it only stumbles.

March 26, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

If Kovgan's sharp restagings in subway tunnels and spartan woods are inventive, so too is her handling of archive footage, her subject found in motion inset on screen alongside scribbled notes, as if alive inside a scrapbook.

March 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] delightful - if occasionally baffling - portrait of one of the most revolutionary creative artists of the 20th century.

March 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Worthwhile, even if the dance sequences are lost in the editing.

March 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film is, I think, just as Cunningham would have wanted it: cerebral, highbrow and mildly frustrating, with nothing so conventional as talking heads or context.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The revolutionary visuals find endless ways to honour the mind of an innovator - but simultaneously risk an overwhelm of aesthetic information, rather than a lucid insight into the anatomy of contemporary dance.

March 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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