The Dancer

Nothing in her background destined Loïe Fuller from the American Midwest to become a Belle Epoque icon, even less a dancer at the Paris Opera. Even at the risk of destroying her back and burning her eyes with the stage lights, she will never falter in the quest to perfect her dance. But her encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate the fall of this icon at the beginning of the twentieth century.


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  • ★★★★ review by Melina_Malo on Letterboxd

    Le parcours absolument fascinant de Loïe Fuller, l'artiste à l'origine de la Danse serpentine, cette chorégraphie alliant mouvement et lumière, portée à l'écran à maintes reprises dans les débuts du cinéma. C'est beau de voir cette danseuse se donner corps et âme pour perfectionner son art, malgré le doute, la déception et la trahison.

  • ★★★½ review by Enfant du Siècle on Letterboxd

    What starts off as an interesting story of one of the pioneers of modern dance, quickly falls into familiar territory of any standard biopic dealing with love, rivalry and and the struggles of an artist willing to take her body to the extreme and renounce to other aspects of her life just for her devotion to her art. Still, La Danseuse is an acceptable period piece that is worth watching if only for Soko's performance, the costumes and the dance sequences.

  • ★★★½ review by bluesrgt on Letterboxd

    The dance scenes were stunning. The fact that they changed Loïs’ sexuality was not.

  • ★★★★ review by cris ogando on Letterboxd

    No conocía este personaje, esta mujer que vive en el momento adecuado para que su arte se valore, la Belle epoque, y su devoción al baile es simplemente precioso y fascinante.

  • ★★★½ review by Michelle V on Letterboxd

    An amazing viewing experience. Absolutely beautiful visuals, loved the costuming, and how I could really see and feel the physical anguish.

    I felt like some of the characters could have been further developed though, some of them felt like they had no contextual background or motivations.

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