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La danseuse (2016)

Loïe Fuller was the toast of the Folies Bergères at the turn of the 20th century and an inspiration for Toulouse-Lautrec and the Lumière Brothers. The film revolves around her complicated relationship with protégé and rival Isadora Duncan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Soko ... Marie-Louise Fuller - dite Loïe Fuller
Gaspard Ulliel ... Le comte Louis d'Orsay
Mélanie Thierry ... Gabrielle Bloch
Lily-Rose Depp ... Isadora Duncan
François Damiens ... Edouard Marchand - le directeur artistique des Folies-Bergère
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Armand Duponchel - le directeur de l'Opéra
Amanda Plummer ... Lili - la mère de Loïe
Denis Ménochet ... Ruben - le père de Loïe
Charlie Morgan ... Jeff
Tamzin Merchant ... Kate
William Houston ... Rud (as Will Houston)
Bert Haelvoet ... L'acteur qui joue dans Macbeth
Camille Rutherford ... L'actrice qui joue dans Macbeth
Laurent Manzoni Laurent Manzoni ... Le médecin
Matilda Kime Matilda Kime ... L'assistante de Louis (as Mathilda Kime)
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There was nothing in her background to prepare Loïe to become the toast of the Folies Bergères in Paris and stages across the world. Then she created the 'Serpentine Dance'... 1887. After the death of her gold prospector father, 25-year-old Marie-Louise leaves her life in the American West to join her mother in New York and pursue her heart's dream - becoming an actress. One night on stage, becoming tangled in her long dress, she avoids falling by spinning the fabric in a graceful, magical gesture: the "Serpentine Dance" is born. The audience - shocked, then overwhelmed - calls out for more. Marie-Louise has become Loïe Fuller. She embarks on a new, hectic life, leaving New York, where imitators try to steal her radical innovations, for Paris. At the Folies Bergères, she dazzles the capital, and illustrious admirers fall at her feet. Toulouse Lautrec, the Lumière Brothers, Rodin... the Electric Fairy becomes an icon, the blazing symbol of a generation. But fame isn't all. An encounter... Written by Anonymous

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Elle Fanning was first attached to play Isadora Duncan, but was later replaced by Lily-Rose Depp. See more »

Goofs

Loie first performed at the Follies Bergere in the early 1890s, but the director of the Follies Bergere is driving an "olde tymey" car from perhaps 2 decades later when Loie ambushes him in his carpark in order to present an impromptu audition. See more »

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Composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Performed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
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A very beautiful film directed with vigor and taste
15 November 2016 | by maria-douzaSee all my reviews

A very beautiful film directed with vigor and taste. To classify this film as biopic does not do justice to it and it is even misleading. I read so many ill directed criticism on what is and what is not historically accurate in the movie. Who cares? Who would criticize the Greek poet Kavafy for misrepresenting historical figures in his poems? For me 'The Dancer' is a poetic film on beauty and the passion for creativity and it was a pleasure to watch. For two hours I was immersed in the film's world, relishing every bit of it; the elliptical decor, the unreal almost lighting, the spectacular dance, the energy. Indeed what I liked most was the fact that the film did not make an effort to faithfully reconstruct an era, but rather create its own unique universe combining various elements in a coherent whole. Let alone the amazing amount of work that went into it, the production design, the choreography, the music. The audacious directorial approach is justified by the result. Soko's choice to play Loie Fuller was excellent as she brought into the part her own fierce determination to develop in the show and music business matched with confident and truthful acting. The film is an amazing feat anyway, but even more so as a debut feature.


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