Nathan Kroll

Martha Graham: Dance on Film

Martha Graham: Dance on Film

One of the great artistic forces of the twentieth century, performer, choreographer, and teacher Martha Graham influenced dance worldwide. Criterion presents a sampling of her stunning craft, all collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer's World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets, the first a celebration of the American pioneer spirit, scored by Aaron Copland, the second a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. These are signature Graham works and tributes to the art of the human body.

Film Info

  • Nathan Kroll
  • United States
  • 1959
  • 93 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #406

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films: A Dancer's World, Appalachian Spring, Night Journey
  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, a 1994 documentary produced for PBS's American Masters series
  • A comparison of Appalachian Spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt
  • Excerpts from a television pilot featuring composer Aaron Copland discussing his work on Appalachian Spring
  • A visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll
  • New interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll's work and legacy
  • Interviews with the films' editors, Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham
  • New interviews with six dancers from the films: Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi, and Ethel Winter
  • Excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham's company, narrated by Graham
  • Footage of Graham's company from a 1954 European tour
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by dance critic Joan Acocella

New cover by Rodrigo Corral

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Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfers of three films: A Dancer's World, Appalachian Spring, Night Journey
  • Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed, a 1994 documentary produced for PBS's American Masters series
  • A comparison of Appalachian Spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt
  • Excerpts from a television pilot featuring composer Aaron Copland discussing his work on Appalachian Spring
  • A visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll
  • New interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll's work and legacy
  • Interviews with the films' editors, Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham
  • New interviews with six dancers from the films: Mimi Cole, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Stuart Hodes, Yuriko Kikuchi, and Ethel Winter
  • Excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham's company, narrated by Graham
  • Footage of Graham's company from a 1954 European tour
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by dance critic Joan Acocella

New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Martha Graham: Dance on Film
Cast
Martha Graham
Bertram Ross
Yuriko
Helen McGehee
Ethel Winter
Stuart Hodes
Gene McDonald
Ellen Siegel
Paul Taylor
Miriam Cole
Credits
Director
Nathan Kroll
Dances conceived/choreographed by
Martha Graham
"A Dancer's World" directed and photographed by
Peter Glushanok
Editing
Eleanor Hamerow
Music composed and played by
Cameron McCosh
Producer
Nathan Kroll
"Appalachian Spring" directed and photographed by
Peter Glushanok
Cameraman
Stanley Meredith
Music as originally scored by
Aaron Copland
Settings
Isamu Noguchi
Orchestra conducted by
Eugene Lester
"Night Journey" directed by
Alexander Hammid
Cinematography
Stanley Meredith
Editing
Miriam Arsham
Assistant to producer
Leroy Leatherman
Music composed by
William Shuman

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