An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to...
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14 years after WESTEND (2001), the sequel and second feature film of independent COLOGNE GROUP helmers Markus Mischkowski and Kai Maria Steinkühler: jobless beerdrinking buddies Mike and ... See full summary »
Kai Maria Steinkühler
Kai Maria Steinkühler,
An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American?Written by
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Dance choreographed by Twyla Tharpe -- need I say more?
I saw it when it first came out in 85 or so. Now that I am older, wiser, and have seen so much ballet and modern dance (Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, DTH, New York Ballet, Miami Ballet, etc.) not to mention having seen Baryshnikov here in DC for the first performance of his "White Oak Dance Project," I can honestly say that this is one of the best films incorporating dance with a taut plotline. Isabella Rosellini's first ever appearance on film, too -- it's just so good now, I can't believe I had forgotten it. Guess that's what age and perspective does for you.
Highly recommend for anyone, even if you aren't interested in dance.
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