Wallowitch and Ross: This Moment | Chicago Reader

Wallowitch and Ross: This Moment

Songwriter John Wallowitch and dancer Bertram Ross have led such fascinating lives that either could sustain a documentary: in the 1960s Wallowitch made a name for himself by continuing to write in the American songbook tradition while others in his field were jumping on the rock bandwagon, and for many years Ross was the lead male in Martha Graham's revolutionary modern dance company (the film includes some striking footage of him performing Graham classics). But filmmaker Richard Morris has chosen to focus on the fact that Wallowitch and Ross have been devoted lovers for more than three decades; he leaves large gaps in each man's story, supplying only dribs and drabs—Wallowitch?s poor youth, Ross's struggle to find a vocation. Much of this 1999 film is moving, but that only piques one's interest in the men and what makes them tick. 77 min.

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