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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on The Dancer Upstairs

    Subject: Re: The Dancer Upstairs
    Date: Jan 1, 2005
    Sender: Jerrie Ann YeagerPrevious | Next

    Aleksy has it right. Rather than criticism,become
    a sponge as you watch this movie. You'll be amazed with what you come away with. Don't always
    ask for pablim, some artists want to feed you a
    more adult diet.

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    Response to this comment:
    Re: The Dancer Upstairs

    It is the time for the audience to start educating itself on the variety of the methods of communication. This film was conveying so much visually: facial expressions, clothes, movement (last but definitely not least). Malkovich is undoubtedly a multidimensional artist, whose different media of expression can be combined in cinema (isn't it what makes cinematography so special after all). As regards language: English, Spanish, whatever. There are always closed captions for those who miss a line in a dialogue. I think, the fact that the actors speak English w/ Spanish accent makes this film more universal, as does the geographical imprecision.
    The mere idea of protest is what's important. No manifesto -- even more appealing. Each one of us covertly or overtly protests against something. So what if a power, a very aggressive and strong power, which has no name, no face and no clear political agenda, appears? It is the spirit of disagreement, of protest that we often identify with, or the power of such protest. Watch the movie again and listen to what Rejas hears from the indigenous villagers when he asks them about Ezequiel. There is an air of idolization in their words. Why?
    While we've been taught to think that knowledge/information is power, Malkovich's film makes us question the power of not knowing something.
    Tanzer's review seems to be simply superficial. He uses beautiful words to criticize the film. However, while his eloquence speaks to his professionalism as a journalist, it does not speak to his professionalism as a viewer.






    Comment index:

  • [no subject]   from audrey, Oct 30, 2003
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Terry, Nov 17, 2003
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from shank, Jul 18, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Toby, Dec 6, 2003
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Mark, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Jennifer, Feb 15, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Aleksey, Jan 5, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from AX, Mar 21, 2004
  • » Re: The Dancer Upstairs «   from Jerrie Ann Yeager, Jan 1, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Atim, May 30, 2004
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from John Miles, Jul 7, 2004
  • flaws vs. strengths of movie   from Vil Blekaitis, Jul 9, 2004
  • About the language   from Iigo, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from audrey, Oct 30, 2003
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Terry, Nov 17, 2003
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from shank, Jul 18, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Toby, Dec 6, 2003
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Mark, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Jennifer, Feb 15, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from Aleksey, Jan 5, 2004
  • Re: The Dancer Upstairs   from AX, Mar 21, 2004
  • » Re: The Dancer Upstairs «   from Jerrie Ann Yeager, Jan 1, 2005
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from Atim, May 30, 2004
  • The Dancer Upstairs   from John Miles, Jul 7, 2004
  • flaws vs. strengths of movie   from Vil Blekaitis, Jul 9, 2004
  • About the language   from Iigo, Nov 25, 2004