The Dancer (La danseuse)

The Dancer (La danseuse)

(2016)

French biopic on American dancer Loïe Fuller, the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and a pioneer of modern dance. The story revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.... More

"Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller from the American Midwest to become a Belle Epoque icon, even less a dancer at the Paris Opera. Even at the risk of destroying her back and burning her eyes with the stage lights, she will never falter in the quest to perfect her dance. But her meeting with Isadora Duncan — a young prodigy hungry for glory — will lead to her downfall." (Cannes Film Festival)

Fuller is the dancer in the Lumiere brothers' famous 1896 film Serpentine Dance.Hide

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  • Pretty but vapid. Full Review

  • While The Dancer adheres to biopic conventions, Di Giusto uses them as a starting point for her inquisitions into art and artists. Full Review

  • Ground-breaking dance innovator Loïe Fuller gets a near-complete fictional overhaul in this unnecessary, formulaic biopic. Full Review

  • Clearly, there's a better story lurking in here somewhere, but it would probably take a television mini-series to tease it out. This shamelessly histrionic tilt at it is an engaging place to start. Full Review

  • This is writer-director Stephanie Di Giusto’s first time at the helm of a film, and it shows at the worst possible times here. Full Review

  • Like many biopics, this squashes too much into its running time and leaves you unsure even what century we’re in at certain points. Full Review

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