BALLETS RUSSES – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Although it was developed during the Italian Renaissance of the 15th century, ballet found its footing worldwide during the 20th century starting when the Ballets Russes premiered its first piece. Ballets Russes provides incredible detail and context to the historical dance footage that is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, not to mention wonderful interviews with so many iconic members of the company over the years. Many thanks to directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine for creating this invaluable record of an invaluable cultural organization.

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HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG – Review by Martha K Baker

Leonard Cohen put his imprimateur on this documentary just before his 80th birthday. The film includes archival material never before seen — from notebooks, photographs, performances, and interviews. The film begins in December 2013 at his final concert with his bass voice vibrating, his body virile in genuflection. The directors, partners Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, plaited three strands of the story: Cohen journeying through the Sixties to his final concert in 2013.

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