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Last Dance (2002)

Director: Mirra Bank     Starring: Sendak,Maurice
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40691974
UPC: 720229911245
UPC 14: 00720229911245
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Powerhouse creative forces unite, and sparks fly, in Mirra Bank's award-winning film that follows the dazzling Pilobolus Dance Theater and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) as they collaborate on a dance-theater work honoring a Holocaust legacy.
Editor's Note
Mirra Bank directs this documentary about the making of "A Selection," a 2001 dance performance by the Pilobolus Dance Theater. A collaboration between the Pilobolus artistic directors, Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken; and the artistic directors of The Night Kitchen, Arthur Yorinks and famous author-illustrator Maurice Sendak (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE), sparks the creation of a fantastic story and a dynamic creative process, all of which is captured in Bank's film. Starting from scratch with Sendak's loose suggestion that the story should be about the Holocaust, the artistic directors and dancers go to work. Sendak throws out an idea, the dancers interpret it, the Pilobolus directors modify it. And thus, through trial and error, building and deconstructing, this feisty group of artistic minds and bodies pool their energies into one unique vision. They create a powerful performance, with Sendak's dark cartoonish sets and costumes, a dance that is full of eerie configurations and movements, all to the music of Czech composer Hans Krasa.

LAST DANCE is a captivating documentary. The energy and strength--both physical and emotional--of the Pilobolus dancers is infectious. And the collaboration between Sendak's Night Kitchen and the Pilobolus artistic directors is presented as an intense, often conflicted, rigorous process. Archival footage from the Holocaust communicates Sendak's commitment to remembering his lost ancestors. In the end, watching the dancers move through the piece brings climactic closure to the film.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/23/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 84 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 911245D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229911245
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Hans Krasa - Composer
Video Cast Info Maurice Sendak - Featuring
Video Cast Info Mirra Bank - Producer
Video Cast Info Mirra Bank - Director
Video Cast Info Vic Losick - Producer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...The movie provides an intimate glimpse of how sensibilities as compatible as oil and water forced themselves to blend and create a successful work despite their aesthetic differences..." 07/12/2002 p.E27

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sendak,Maurice
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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