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Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer

Released Jan 3, 2018 1h 20m Documentary LGBTQ+ List
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The life and career of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Read More Read Less
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Manohla Dargis New York Times The artistry is unassailable. Jan 2, 2018 Full Review Diego Semerene Slant Magazine Lost, or at least merely glossed over, throughout this hagiographic documentary portrait is the miraculous story of an effeminate Brazilian boy who was actually allowed to blossom through dance. Rated: 2/4 Dec 22, 2017 Full Review David Rooney Hollywood Reporter Gomes proves an engaging subject, whose dedication is as inspiring as the breathtaking grace and strength of his dancing. Jun 26, 2017 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International Dancer Marcelo Gomes' professional and personal stories make for a terrifically involving terpsichorean doc. Jan 3, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Easy to watch documentary on the life and career of world renowned Brazilian ballet dancer Marcelo Gomes. We see, via vintage film clips, his incredible dance talent as a boy in Brazil, his eventual travel, as a 13-year-old, for further training to America, and later to other schools, eventually signing with the American Ballet Theater, where he remained for 20 years. Also, Gomes is shown performing on stage around the world and his philosophy, when he is in partnership with a ballerina, of allowing her to shine, is highlighted in the film. Gomes' also candidly discusses how his body is beginning to break down and the inevitability of eventual retirement. Finally, he talks about coming out as gay and the subsequent effects of this on himself and his family. To note: there were no subtitles available when English is spoken, but I was able to access them through the closed caption option on my remote. When other languages are spoken, which is quite often, there are subtitles but they are quite small. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The life and career of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes.
Director
David Barba, James Pellerito
Producer
David Barba, James Pellerito
Screenwriter
David Barba, James Pellerito
Distributor
Cinema Tropical
Production Co
Retribution Media
Genre
Documentary, LGBTQ+
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 3, 2018, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 4, 2018
Runtime
1h 20m
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