Carmen and Geoffrey
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Filmmakers Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob present this affectionate portrait of dance icons Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, who fell in love back in 1954, and quickly went on to become a New York institution. The year they first met, de Lavallade was making a name for herself in modern dance, and Holder was a respected painter and dancer from Jamaica who had just risen to fame as the world-renowned choreographer of The Wiz. A marriage proposal quickly followed, and 50 years later the couple is still setting the world on fire. Archival footage and candid interviews offer a glimpse into… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One doesn't have to be a dance aficionado to be drawn to this film, but if you are, Lavallade's observations about the difficult work of dance -- and choreography -- are as poetic as they are illuminating."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Both subjects are interviewed at length, and the filmmakers have unearthed some rare, arresting black-and-white dance footage from the '50s and '60s."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A fitting tribute to a pair of extraordinary overachievers and as a touching portrait of over a half century of black-on-black love and of lives very well lived."
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"Extraordinary film clips are must-sees for any dance fan and emphasize the extraordinary breadth of their artistry."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"A scruffily informal yet wholly charming documentary portrait of an endlessly entrancing New York artistic couple."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Laugh if you want to, but this movie is a joyful celebration of the possibilities of love, the possibilities of blackness, the possibilities of America, and the possibilities of the human spirit. It's a tremendous tonic for dark times."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Carmen & Geoffrey presents spectacular performances combined with remarkably intimate interviews that reveal the hearts, souls and techniques of two of America's master dancers."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Mostly compelling, warm and lively, but ultimately deficient in truly profound revelations or insights."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"By the film's end, one feels glad to have made their cinematic acquaintance."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Proves too slight to encompass the innovative artistry of its celebrated subjects...could still wow cognoscenti and philistines alike."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Given that Carmen and Geoffrey focuses on two of the most innovative figures of African-American modern dance -- Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder -- it's a shame that this film is both uncreative and technically maladroit."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"The first battle to be fought in making a documentary is to pick a compelling subject; the filmmakers have two."
‑ Robert Levin, Critic's Notebook
"It's a shame the film isn't more artful, but an imperfect look at [the] accomplished, unpretentious [dancer/choreographers Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder] is better than none at all."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Miss FlickChick
"An intertwined video history of dancers Geoffrey Holder and Carmen De Lavallade that uses their devoted conjugal relationship as the whisper of a narrative arc."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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