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Martha Graham: Dance on Film (Criterion) (1959)

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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Music, Music Videos/Performance, Documentary, Criterion Collection

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Martha Graham: Dance on Film (Criterion) (1959)
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. --Criterion

Disc One Contains:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films: A Dancer's World, Appalachian Spring, Night Journey
  • 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


  • Martha Graham: Dance on Film (Criterion) (Disc 2 of 2) (1959)

    Disc 2 Contains:

  • 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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    Operas and Ballets at GreenCine, annotated
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    {a list in progress}: GC's 'Music' and 'Music Videos/Performance' genres return tons of entries, mostly pop, but still omit a lot. Here's what I find (1/08) of 'classical' opera & ballet, loosely defined, but excluding purely instrumental performances.
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