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Business of Fancydancing
     

The Business of Fancydancing

Director: Sherman Alexie

Cast: Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, Gene Tagaban

 
This cross-cultural drama has been given a fine presentation on DVD. The Business of Fancydancing is given a widescreen transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The (English) audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; while no foreign language options are

Overview

This cross-cultural drama has been given a fine presentation on DVD. The Business of Fancydancing is given a widescreen transfer at the aspect ratio of 1.85:1, letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The (English) audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; while no foreign language options are available, the disc does include closed captioning in English. Bonus features include an alternate-commentary track from director Sherman Alexie and leading man Evan Adams; a short documentary on the production of the film; the original theatrical trailer; several deleted scenes; a selection of production stills; and links to the film's website.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
The Business of Fancydancing is an intriguing and somewhat frustrating viewing experience. Instead of following the rules for mainstream narrative cinema, writer-director Sherman Alexie created a patchwork of naturalistic dramatic scenes, simulated home video footage, performances pieces (including ceremonial Native American dances), and mock interviews with a couple of the main characters. This deliberately jagged approach may have been intended to pay homage to the Native American oral tradition, get the audience thinking about some of the issues that are raised in the film, and reflect the split nature of some of the characters' identities; it also serves to put the filmmaker's personal stamp on the movie and to flesh out its emotional foundation. Unfortunately, Alexie's mosaic approach seems too literary (as opposed to cinematic) at times, the individual parts don't always flow together seamlessly, and the interview segments get rather annoying (due in part to the condescending and confrontational manner of the interviewer). Furthermore, the acting is uneven and the screenplay seems too open-ended. Nonetheless, Alexie offers an interesting perspective on assimilation and personal identity, some of the film's individual scenes are compelling, and the movie isn't too hard to follow despite its unconventional structure. The film does provide viewers with food for thought even if it isn't completely satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
UPC:
0720917537924
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Commentary track with Sherman Alexie and Evan Adams; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes documentary; Production still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Weblinks

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Evan Adams Seymour Polatkin
Michelle St. John Agnes Roth
Gene Tagaban Aristotle Joseph
Swil Kanim Mouse
Rebecca Carroll Interviewer
Cynthia Geary Teresa
Leo Rossi Mr. Williams
Kevin Phillip Steven
Elaine Miles Kim
William Joseph Elk Tavern Father

Technical Credits
Sherman Alexie Director,Screenwriter
Daniel Armstrong Co-producer
John Benear Executive Producer
Bradford C. Bond Executive Producer
Scot Charles Sound/Sound Designer
Christy Cox Co-producer
Larry Estes Producer
Scott Rosenfelt Producer
Jonathon Saturen Production Designer
Ray Tantzen Sound/Sound Designer
Holly Taylor Cinematographer,Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. At the Bookstore [4:23]
2. Fathers [3:25]
3. Prepare [3:15]
4. Why A Poet? [4:19]
5. Remember Me [5:38]
6. Forgive Him [3:10]
7. Donating Blood [5:10]
8. Agnes Roth [4:43]
9. A New Teacher [3:36]
10. Aristotle Joseph [5:22]
11. Fading [3:38]
12. Too Good For Us [5:03]
13. In the Car [2:31]
14. Special Sandwich [1:53]
15. Alcohol [3:15]
16. I Killed It [7:09]
17. Helping White Guys [3:14]
18. Kitchen Talk [4:34]
19. Book Signing [1:09]
20. The Straight Line [3:57]
21. Brothers [4:41]
22. The Statistics [5:23]
23. Amazing Grace [2:49]
24. Leaving [2:16]

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