"Mao's Last Dancer", A Film
Roadshow Entertainment / ATO Pictures / Samuel Goldwyn Films et al.
Shirlington Cinema, Shirlington Village, Arlington, Virginia
August 21, 2010
by George Jackson
copyright 2010 by George Jackson
The movie version of Li Cunxin's life is more soap opera than his book. As such, though, it works well save for a few scenes that stretch credulity. Some of the choreography and class work, attributed to Ben Stevenson in his days as director of the Houston Ballet, is in a balletomodern style more typical of Australia's Graeme Murphy - who seems to have been the movie's principal dance consultant.