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Lives of Performers (1972)

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A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, "Lives of Performers" examines the dilemma of a man who can't choose between two women and makes them both suffer. Originally part of a dance performance choreographed by Rainer.

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James Barth
John Erdman
Epp Kotkas
Yvonne Rainer
Valda Setterfield
Sarah Soffer
Shirley Soffer
Fernando Torm
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A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, "Lives of Performers" examines the dilemma of a man who can't choose between two women and makes them both suffer. Originally part of a dance performance choreographed by Rainer.

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If you are looking for an entertaining, touching, or compelling film to watch tonight and stumbled upon this by accident, you should not watch it.
9 May 2008 | by (China) – See all my reviews

...because that means you will write a review much like the one left in the last post. I would first like to say in response to that comment, that saying this film is "really bad" is like saying that Brakhage's early stuff, where he's throwing nails and crap on the negative, is also "really bad". If you're going in expecting a coherent narrative and a compelling story-line, etc, then you should not watch this film. The point of Yvonne Rainer making this was to challenge conventional film form and narrative structure, which in my goal she explores and at least attempts in some very interesting and compelling ways. It's also very representative of the art, individuality, and rebellion (?) - centered culture forming in New York in the 1970s.

I watched this in a film class, which is probably the place where it is most successfully screened - anyone screening this in a normal theater without warning people what type of work it is is either very mean or very stupid.


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