Ghostlight (2003)

 |  Comedy  |  8 May 2003 (USA)
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This film portrait of modern dance legend Martha Graham examines the creative process, as well as important events in Martha's pioneering career. Plays thematically with time and memory, using the actual words of Martha Graham who emerges as a passionate, controversial and egotistical modernist icon that she was. Written by Dan Scheffey

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Ghostlight, a biopic of the life and work of Martha Graham
2 February 2005 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw "Ghostlight" at the Mill Valley Film Festival last year. It was one of the most innovative, provocative and inspiring art films I've seen in a long time.

Richard Move was a brilliant casting idea from Director, Christopher Herrmann. His performance of Martha was uncanny and I immediately bought into the fact that a man was playing her and suspended my disbelief.

I thought the recreated archival film of Martha Graham was brilliant, on the level of Woody Allen's Zelig.

The film was both funny, poignant and educational. I thought Ann Magunson's Character really brought focus to the film and she's never looked hotter. Her character, a filmmaker, follows Martha and captures what may be the diva's last ballet.

Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris were wonderful as well. I could have done without the Deborah Harry cameo, it seem a little tacked on. The acting in some of the smaller roles, especially some of the dancers in "Martha's" company were a bit amateurish but I felt the same about Altman's "The Company" so I guess this can be expected when dancers are asked to act. Eric Kastel, who plays James, Martha's company manager and rock, got much better as the film when on. He was weak in the beginning and he took me out of the film a few times.

By the end of the "Ghostlight" I was quite moved by the message of the sacrifice that a true genius makes for his or her art.

The cinematography was stunning, using a mixture of B&W film for the flashbacks of Martha's marriage and breakup with Eric Hawkins and the lush 35mm color film for the stage performance scenes. The film has several layers to it and each one has it's own look and feel.

Not sure I should comment on other reviews but that guy SonnyKUSA who said that the film was made in conjunction with the Martha Graham Estate should get his facts straight. I noticed the film had a disclaimer at the end of the credits that says, "This film is in no way connected to the Martha Graham Entities" he also says the film was shot on video, huh???

Has anyone noticed that the user rating on ghostlight is 5 stars and almost everyone who made comments and voted gave it 9 or 10 stars? Doesn't that seem strange? It must be an IMDb error. IMDb will you correct this?

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