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      Dance First

      2023 1h 40m Biography Drama List
      56% Tomatometer 18 Reviews Beckett lived a life of many parts: Parisian bon vivant, World War II Resistance fighter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, philandering husband and recluse. But despite all the adulation that came his way he was a man acutely aware of his own failings. In 1969, having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an embarrassed Beckett simply wanted to be rid of it. This film revolves around this turning point, the internal debate raging within Beckett as to which of the people in his life most deserve to be the beneficiaries of his shame. Read More Read Less

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      Wendy Ide Observer (UK) Byrne is rather good in the role, his rueful, craggy face a battleground for a war between Beckett’s self-regard and his self-loathing. Rated: 3/5 Nov 5, 2023 Full Review Danny Leigh Financial Times The film can be a treat to look at, shot mostly in glowing, milky black and white. And performances range from sturdy to superlative. Rated: 3/5 Nov 3, 2023 Full Review Robbie Collin Daily Telegraph (UK) Dance First presents an uninspired clod-hop through its subject’s life, while showing barely a flicker of interest in the extraordinary plays, poems and prose that it yielded. Rated: 1/5 Nov 2, 2023 Full Review Stefan Pape Common Sense Media Dance First still takes a profound look across Beckett's life, but the film takes artistic risks and a fascinating route into his mind. Jan 10, 2024 Full Review Antonio Trashorras Fotogramas In 'Dance First' there are many well-conceived and executed scenes in which the accessible approach of 'swimming without getting wet' works fairly well to please the general public... [Full review in Spanish] Dec 18, 2023 Full Review Elsa Fernández-Santos El Pais (Spain) ... A polished black and white film, curious and well-acted although of impossible intent to capture the life of the author of Waiting for Godot. [Full review in Spanish] Dec 18, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Beckett lived a life of many parts: Parisian bon vivant, World War II Resistance fighter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, philandering husband and recluse. But despite all the adulation that came his way he was a man acutely aware of his own failings. In 1969, having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an embarrassed Beckett simply wanted to be rid of it. This film revolves around this turning point, the internal debate raging within Beckett as to which of the people in his life most deserve to be the beneficiaries of his shame.
      Director
      James Marsh
      Producer
      Michael Livingstone, Tom Thostrup, Viktória Petrányi
      Screenwriter
      Neil Forsyth
      Production Co
      Sky Arts, 2LE Media, Proton Cinema, Film Constellation, Umedia
      Genre
      Biography, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 40m