Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Martha Graham; Dance On Film

  • United States
  • 1959
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #406
SYNOPSIS: One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer’s World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets, the first a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, scored by Aaron Copland, the second a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. These are signature Graham works and tributes to the art of the human body.




DirectorNathan Kroll
Dances conceived/choreographed byMartha Graham
"A Dancer's World" directed and photographed byPeter Glushanok
EditingEleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham
Music composed and played byCameron McCosh
ProducerNathan Kroll
"Appalachian Spring" directed and photographed byPeter Glushanok
CameramanStanley Meredith
Music as originally scored byAaron Copland
SettingsIsamu Noguchi
Orchestra conducted byEugene Lester
"Night Journey" directed byAlexander Hammid
CinematographyStanley Meredith
Assistant to producerLeroy Leatherman
Music composed byWilliam Shuman


Martha Graham: Dance on Film Criterion DVD
SRP: $39.95
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films: A Dancer’s World, Appalachian Spring, Night Journey
  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, a 1994 documentary produced for PBS’s American Masters series
  • A comparison of Appalachian Spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt
  • Excerpts from a television pilot featuring composer Aaron Copland discussing his work onAppalachian Spring
  • A visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll
  • New interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll’s work and legacy
  • Interviews with the films’ editors, Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham
  • New interviews with six dancers from the films: Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi, and Ethel Winter
  • Excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham’s company, narrated by Graham
  • Footage of Graham’s company from a 1954 European tour
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by dance critic Joan Acocella


Film Essays


By Joan AcocellaSeptember 17, 2007
In 1956 Nathan kroll, a violinist turned radio composer and producer, asked Martha Graham if he could make a movie about her and her work. Absolutely not, she said.


2 Discs
SRP: $39.95
Criterion Store price:$31.96