Carmen and Geoffrey
Carmen and Geoffrey (2009)

This film is about the American artists Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, who in the 1950's broke into the modern dance scene. The story also follows their forty-seven year long marriage and creative partnership.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Lou Lumenick
New York 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.

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Kam Williams
Sly Fox

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Leaves you wondering why its subjects are not widely recognized as national treasures.

Jennifer Merin

Carmen & Geoffrey presents spectacular performances combined with remarkably intimate interviews that reveal the hearts, souls and techniques of two of America's master dancers.

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Ronnie Scheib

Proves too slight to encompass the innovative artistry of its celebrated subjects...could still wow cognoscenti and philistines alike.

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Anna King
Time Out

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.

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Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

The first battle to be fought in making a documentary is to pick a compelling subject; the filmmakers have two.

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