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A major disappointment,
This review is from: The Car Man [DVD]  (DVD)
This is my 3rd attempt to write a review for the Car Man. For some reason, Amazon did not post the other two and never deigned to explain why. This is getting boring, but I do believe that somebody should warn unsuspecting buyers who are about to spend their money on this, so I'll make a third attempt.
I got this after watching Bourne's Swan Lake, thinking that the combination of the choreographer, Bizet's score and the story of Carmen would create something of a sensation. This was so sensational, that the friends I was watching it with, asked me to turn it off in the middle of the second Act. I watched the rest alone later out of curiosity.
First of all, Carmen this ballet is not! Only portions of Bizet's score have been used, -often changed almost beyond recognition.
The plot is a messy affair, based primarily on Visconti's film "Ossessione" (which was re-made in Hollywood with the title "The postman always rings twice"). Ideas have been "borrowed" from a variety of sources, from "Macbeth" to "Fight Club"(!) There is, of course, a gay element, but in the 21st century this seems neither original, nor sensational.
The choreography is unimpressive. I think it would be unfair to try to judge the dancers, given what they were asked to perform, still Alan Vincent seemed particularly un-graceful, whereas Will Kemp managed to impress me in his very expressive solo in the 2nd Act.
I do not know exactly what is meant by the phrase "An auto-erotic thriller" (I suspect whoever coined the expression thought that "auto" would make us think of "automobile", however, the word actually means "self". An automobile is a self-moving vehicle.) Of course, this is not about self-love, or any other kind of love, for that matter. This is supposed to be about lust and passion, but it is done in such a shallow, extroverted manner, filled with cliches and stereotypes, that I did not find it erotic in the least. To me, it was plain boring.