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Dress Rehearsal

Werner Schroeter's 1980 documentary surveys the Nancy World Theater Festival in France, focusing on such avant-garde figures as Japanese movement artist Kazuo Ohno and German choreographer Pina Bausch (to whom the film is dedicated). Schroeter responds to their challenging work with a disorienting, mosaic-like aesthetic, cutting restlessly between different performances and philosophical rap sessions. A meditation on art's potential to serve as a revolutionary force in society, the movie doesn't offer many explanations of the pieces it depicts on-screen; the results are frequently provocative, but if you don't have much prior knowledge of avant-garde theater, you might feel somewhat lost. In English and subtitled French and German.

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