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In 2001, author and artist Maurice Sendak entered into an unusual collaboration with the Pilobolus Dance Company to create +A Selection, a contemporary ballet inspired by true stories of the Holocaust. As Sendak and the Pilobolus creative team construct the piece from the ground up, they find themselves clashing over creative issues as they also juggle the weighty issues of how to honestly deal with the issues of the Holocaust within the context of a dance piece without trivializing them in the process. Filmmaker Mirra Bank was on hand to document both the ballet and its creation, and Last… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a rare window on an artistic collaboration."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Stripped of pretentions, Last Dance offers up a wholly human, tantalizingly imperfect struggle to create beauty and resonance."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"an 83 minute document of a project which started in a muddle, seesawed back and forth between controlling interests multiple times, then found its sweet spot"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Provides an illuminating glimpse into what goes on in the dance studio."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Rehearsals are frequently more fascinating than the results. Last Dance, whatever its flaws, fulfills one facet of its mission in making me want to find out whether, in this case, that's true."
‑ Christine Temin, Boston Globe
"Riveting when it focuses on the challenges of crossing a generational divide."
‑ Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice
"I'll admit: I've never had much exposure to, or interest in, the world of interpretive dance. While I'm not necessarily a convert, I am grateful for at least the brief exposure to this stunning form of art."
‑ Daniel Wible, Film Threat
"Unfortunately, neither Sendak nor the directors are particularly engaging or articulate."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Discursive but oddly riveting documentary."
‑ Clive Barnes, New York Post
"A fascinating look into the creative process"
‑ Michael Wade Simpson, culturevulture.net
"The culmination of everyone's efforts is given life when A Selection appears in its final form [in "Last Dance"]."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"What is captured during the conceptual process doesn't add up to a sufficient explanation of what the final dance work, The Selection, became in its final form."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
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