Plot: GHOSTLIGHT is a hilarious albeit affectionate film about Martha Graham -- one of the twentieth century's greatest dancers and choreographers. she was a brash noncomformist who bristled with passion, sexuality and wit. In an astonishing performance, Richard Move, a man nearly twice her size, portrays Martha with uncanny precision and decidedly arrogant grandeur.
Graham was an iconic powerhouse whose extraordinary life included an invitation from Eleanor Roosevelt to perform at the White House, having Jacqueline Onasis edit her memoirs and lots of parties at Studio 54 with friends like Halston, Andy Warhol and Liza Minnelli.
In the film's screenplay, the words of Martha are largely the actual words or writings of Martha Graham. When delivered by Move the words can seem ironic or amusing, but their message is often philosophical and even prophetic.
The non-linear narrative style of GHOSTLIGHT gave Move and director Christopher Herrmann the freedom to construct an entertaining portrait of this fascinating modernist pioneer. The film as at once a performance piece, love letter and a startling introduction to Martha's larger-than-life personality. While inherently improbable, by the end of the film it is hard to imagine anyone but Move playing Martha.
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