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Paul Taylor: Dance Maker
Directed by Matthew Diamond
How does a 22-year-old with little
training come to assemble a dance company that grows to international
acclaim? Innate talent brought him to the attention of Martha
Graham, and soon after, Paul Taylor assembled his own company
and set out to translate his personal vision to the stage. It
was to be one long, arduous road, as this film reveals.
Nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar in 1998, the film won
kudos from both film and dance critics alike. Through interviews
with dancers, colleagues and critics the filmmaker looks back
at Taylor's career. Archival footage shows the choreographer
in his prime. A perfectionist, he drives his dancers to the
breaking point and beyond. One minute easy-going and witty,
he turns mean and manipulative when he perceives weakness. His
work, too, is alternately lyrical and dark. And his dances have
won critical acclaim from even the most jaded critics.
Forty-four years after its inception, the Paul Taylor Dance
Company is one of the premiere modern dance troupes and Taylor
has been called (Newsweek) the "greatest living choreographer".
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