Take the Lead

Take the Lead

DVD - 2006
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The real story of a dance teacher who believed in the talent of a group of problem kids.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Atlantis, 2006.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Take
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaird.
In English dubbed in French with French subtitles.


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Dec 30, 2016

Based on the true story of a real guy who brought classical dance to poorer schools as a way of increasing the student's respect and esteem for themselves and others as well as improving their social etiquette skills and interactions (see "extras" on the DVD for more info).

No, the movie isn't "great", but there are enough tidbits to keep it fairly interesting - and there's one dance scene that's just beyond spectacular, I'd watch the whole thing again just to see that. Plus Banderas is pretty hot :-)

Aug 24, 2010

This wasn't a great film. I liked some of the scenes and Antonio Banderas was good. That's it. See it, I guess.

Aug 23, 2010

Fair - Take the Lead (2007) 117 min. Based on the true story of Pierre Dulain’s battle to incorporate dance in high schools as a means of transforming misguided students to a level of respect for themselves and others. Antonio Banderas plays Dulain and brings humbleness to the role that is in itself inspiring. I just wish he would’ve spoken up – very difficult to hear his lines. Though the film may be a bit long and the overall dance numbers uninspiring, the familiar themes and overall good performances by all make this an o.k. viewing experience. Look for the best part of the film where Banderas demonstrates through the tango how exciting dance actually is to the students who have absolutely no respect for ball room dancing – the finest part of the film and truly the only memorable scene.

Jul 13, 2009

Visually revolting hash posing as a dance film. Based on the true story of a dance instructor (played by the usually more discerning Antonio Banderas), who volunteers to teach ballroom dancing to the most hard-core inmates of a racially mixed inner-city high school. His experiment results in a fusion of ballroom & hip-hop that will make exponents of either style (& anyone else with an ounce of aesthetic taste) lose their lunch. The only conceivable excuse for this revolting exhibition is that it may represent the producers' failed attempt to portray the racial harmony that Banderas eventually instills among the students in visual terms. Even the early tango demonstration that Banderas (or his double) & partner give the students misses the boat completely by being crassly female-dominated. She steamrolls blindly over him. (Good tango involves neither dominance nor submission but rather partnership. One person leads & one responds; but the response should be complex & variable, like a predator tracking a wounded animal, or a cloud responding to wind, or the defensive backfield of the Toronto Argonauts.) Clearly, choreographers & dancers in a dance movie should be artists, & this film ignored that essential prerequisite entirely.

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