Dancing Chaplin (Dansingu Chapurin)
Directed by Masayuki Suo | JAPAN | 2010 | 131min | Subtitled
This inspiring dance film offers insight into the creative process and pays homage to Charlie Chaplin. In DANCING CHAPLIN, award-winning director Masayuki Suo (SHALL WE DANCE?) fascinatingly reinterprets Roland Petit’s 1991 ballet, “Chaplin Dances.” This is a film in two acts. In Act 1, “Process,” the dance is shown being constructed over the course of 60 days. Italian ballet star Luigi Bonino describes how he developed his understanding and interpretations. Ballerina-actress Tamiyo Kusakari refines sequences. Especially challenging is converting theater to film. Petit and Suo spar over any deviations from the original. Chaplin’s son, Eugene, observes that the important thing is not to try to replicate his father but to use the “Little Tramp” character to create something new. Act 2 distills the ballet into one act, 13 scenes, including Gold Rush, Modern Times, City Lights, and Limelight. Both Bonini and Kusakari are magical. “Dance fans will pirouette for joy.” - Betsy Cramer
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