Tuesday, December 11, 2012

GIRL WALK // ALL DAY - SHORT REVIEW

Girl Walk // All Day
2011 (2012)
75 min
United States (English)

Directed by Jacob Krupnick


"Girl Walk // All Day" is a dance-centric music video that further serves as a social experiment. You've never seen anything quite like this in its length, commitment and representation.

If you are looking for one of the most unorthodox films of the year look no further than
"Girl Walk // All Day." A week ago I did not know it existed, today I am quite a fan. What began as Kickstarter project is now a feature-length music video that you can watch online for free at the official website. The film is entirely set to All Day, the mash up/remix album by Girl Talk. Like that album it is divided into 12 parts (I really wish there were a way to stream it all in one go though). The fearless and fascinating Anne Marsen stars as "The Girl" who begins by physically freaking out in her ballet class. She takes her act outside and then to a boat as she heads to Manhattan; two male dancers known as The Creep and The Gentleman follow her there.


The three characters dance all over New York City, causing pedestrians to stop and watch or at least stare strangely as they pass by. They look at both the dancers and the camera. At times it takes on a flash mob temperament and it feels like just one long YouTube video. At other times it something really special, expressionistic in a way I have never seen before. The film appears to take place in an entire day and has some impressive milage behind it when all is said and done. It is hard to tell if there was a great deal of choreography that went into the making of this project or if the three dancers "freestyle" it (so to speak). That is could be either/or is impressive.

The film is without dialogue and the loose narrative is told through the bodies and their interactions with other bodies. The film could be a postcard for modern-day NYC as you'll see many of its everyday sights, from Grand Central Station to Wallstreet and beyond. Bill Cunningham, the subject and star of his own documentary last year, even shows up! I'd recommend this film to just about anyone if the rap-heavy mix weren't so disagreeable. Give it a try. If you only have time for some of it chapters 6, 7 and 8 were a good run for me.



★★★★

CONTENT: strong language (in the lyrics of the ever-present soundtrack) and some sensuality

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