Gardenia - Bevor der letzte Vorhang fällt (Before The Last Curtain Falls)

Documentary Belgium Germany 2014

Before the Last Curtain Falls is a masterpiece of art, cinema, theatre, music, and ballet. It is the flawless film version of the Belgian contemporary dance/ballet production Gardenia, which opened in 2010 and became an international success, with 200 performances in 25 countries. It starred aging drag-queens and trans ex-cabaret artists who choreographer Alan Platel asked to play their own lives. Their lascivious, tender, bitter, courageous, and private stories are put on stage with glamour and elegance. We see the dressing rooms, hotel rooms, rehearsals, backstage scenes, confessional interviews conducted like solemn ceremonies, classy lifestyles transfigured on stage. Thomas Wallner brings this great show to the cinema so that the heritage and artistic testimony of these artists will not be forgotten. The show presents moving choreographies, a cultured revisiting of camp, songs like Cuccurucucù by Franco Battiato interpreted with pathos, and in the all-star grand finale, Bolero by Ravel.  

photography

Axel Schneppat

GLBTmovieDatabase 2013-04-09

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