Eleanor Antin b. 1935
From the Archives of Modern Art (1987)
1987, 18 min, b&w, sound
The archivist attempts to put together the "lost years" of Eleanor Antinova, the once celebrated black ballerina of Diaghlev's Ballet Russe, when she returned to her native America to eke out a meager living in vaudeville and early movies. Her career in America is documented through narrative and dance films — recently discovered — which she made back in the Depression years, when times were bad, and even ballerinas stooped low. Includes several comedy shorts, spicy farces, even, alas, a semi-blue movie exploiting her ballerina role, along with vaudeville dance numbers and artistic interpretations. A documentary fiction.
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