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    Reader comments on The Dancer Upstairs

    Subject: Re: The Dancer Upstairs
    Date: Jul 18, 2005
    Sender: shankPrevious | Next

    Dear Reviewer,

    I completely agree with you. I was taken aback by the movies magical moments. I agree that the film has zero political motives. As the films mast head or its title suggests politics is just a backdrop of the detectives search into his identity.

    the film was succesful in identifying with the questions that haunted the mind of a half native, played by the protoginist.

    If you could send me a reply I would me all the more happy.

    regards

    shank-

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    Response to this comment:
    The Dancer Upstairs

    In contrast to your principal reviewer, I was very taken with the film. Is it a crime to decline to focus on the politics? I say not. The director's choice was to focus on the story of the police detective's interactions with the moral, physical and human turmoil he found himself surrounded by.

    I quite disagree with comments that this movie is slow paced. For cryin' out loud, are we so jaded by plotless action films that we must be rushed from one explosion to the next to feel that we're getting somewhere? Malkovich's pace allowed for the mystery and majesty of dawning awareness and growing passions, the beauty of a father's love and the vulnerability of a decent man in a dark world.

    What a gift to have a film with a multi-layered story, where violence, "bang-bang" and explosions are not gratuitous nor false, but presented only as needed to represent the greater story being told.

    The closing scene moved me as no film has for some time. Turmoil and din were banished; time nearly stood still for these short moments of beauty amidst a tumultous life. How rare!

    I held my breath at the beauty of the shot with the young dancer reflected in the mirrors, opening my mind to the layers of meaning it conveyed, allowing the meaning of the words of the hauntingly beautiful song frame the scene.

    The image and feeling of this "decent man's" unabashed love for his daughter as we see his face framed by the window pane was a palpable relief from the world we know he lives in. The boldness of that long, steady camera shot is something rarely seen -- reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman's several minute facial hold in "Hour of the Wolf" but instead of an opening scene -- edgy, unnatural, with dire hints of a fearful future -- Malkovich's shot gives us closure -- with a sigh satisfaction and a gentle smile as deep as the human spirit.






    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