Raúl Ruiz’s film of an avant-garde dance performance choreographed by Jean-Claude Gallotta.
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
At no point does the dance as dance ever overwhelm the film as film. Was dance ever *filmed* better? One of my favourites from Ruiz's wild oeuvre.
Easily one of Ruiz's best or perhaps his best one.Does anyone know what music is used at the end of the film?
An extravagant, superlative ode to pagan qualities and to the dexterities which move beyond the dancing transgressions. Ruiz's erotic innuendos are the most climactic right in this film out of all the ones I've watched made by him.