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Hail the New Puritan (1987)



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Credited cast:
Gaby Agis
Rachel Auburn
Tex Axile
Leigh Bowery
Leslie Bryant
Michael Clark ...
Matthew Hawkins
Jeffrey Hinton
Julie Hood
Cheryl Hubbard
Bryan Maloney
Tony Marmoch
David Murray
Lana Pelley


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1987 (UK)  »

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Gaby Agis: I'm feeling... quite three-dimensional today... I really should be looking for somewhere else to live. I've been... living at Michael's... for long enough now. He's been very kind... but it's really time... to move on... I'm in love with my osteopath. Sometimes I don't see him, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with me. He reminds me of Clark Kent.
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punk and dance combined
26 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Part documentary, part performance, 'Hail the New Puritan' was the first film to feature dancer and choreographer Michael Clark and his fledgling company, formed when he was in his early twenties after he quit Ballet Rambert.

It's a frustrating film in many ways with a lot of choppy sequences which both detract from the dancing itself and inform it by showing some insight into Clark and his collaborators (notably the outrageous performance artist Leigh Bowery).

Well worth a look (preferably alongside Because We Must, from 1989, and The Late Michael Clark, from 2000), this film puts punk and rock firmly in the dance arena and then shakes it up a bit. Clark himself is impish, cute, and impossibly talented while pushing the boundaries of taste all the time. He might have calmed down a bit as he's got older, but if you wonder what all the fuss was about, this is the place to start.

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