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Released 2005

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Director:
David LaChapelle
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Rize is an American documentary that delves into the world of underground dancing in Los Angeles. The movie follows two dancing subcultures in particular: clowning and krumping. Through mostly interviews and dancing sequences, the film begins by exploring the development of clowning. Afterward the film offers a glimpse into krumping, a similar yet contrasting form of dancing that may or may not have evolved out of or developed simultaneously with clowning, depending on who you ask. The last part of the film depicts dance battles between the two factions. This almost dissertation-style of storytelling weaves the narrative together through beautifully shot sequences of the dancers in their environment, with historical context being added through the use of archive film depicting African dance ritual with both contemporary dance styles. The film is both an action-packed story and a breathtaking piece of documentary film uncovering a pivotal movement at its height, both showing the subcultures before they became mainstream and being instrumental in its national recognition.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    José Cancella's original score complement the tremendous wit, vitality and sensuality of the dancers.

  • 80

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Eye-popping lensing and an appreciation of social complexities combine for an entirely satisfying experience.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Indeed, the movie sometimes has trouble living up to the richness of its subject, or keeping up with the dances' rapid spread and evolution.

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