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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: JOURNEY OF MAN

SYNOPSIS:
The story of a manís journey through life, from childhood to middle age, as interpreted by Canadaís Cirque de Soleil.

"Montreal-based circus troupe Cirque du Soleil are undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed in the world. So itís only logical their work would find its way onto the big screen at some stage. This Imax film showcases their work in the context of a journey through one personís life. The story itself is extremely simplistic and provides only the sketchiest outline. But then, the narrative is not the point of this film. The performers are given ample opportunity to display their prodigious skills in a variety of settings. The film is somewhat less accessible for kids than other Imax films, but should have broad appeal for adults. If you caught Cirque du Soleil when they were in the country (during 1999), youíll know the costumes play a large part in their show. In the film, the vibrant and inventive costuming is a highlight; as are the spectacular landscapes and sets in which the action takes place. The physical performances are at times astonishing, as youíd expect from a troupe with such an awesome reputation. At times, though, I had some trouble tying the performance in with the point being made in the particular scene. Cirque du Soleil gives the performers ample opportunity to display their skills - and they look astounding on the extra large screen in 3D. While the story (narrated by Ian McKellen incidentally) may be rather trite, itís really incidental to the performance art on show. This is one film that relies almost entirely on visuals for its impact - but they are wonderful visuals."
David Edwards

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (G)
Canada)

CAST: Nicky Dewhurst, Brian Dewhurst, Anait Karagyezyan, Chris Van Wagenen, Kenny Raskin, Cully Smoller, Mikhail Matorin, Yves Decoste, Marie-Laure Mesnage

DIRECTOR: Keith Melton

PRODUCER: Peter Wagg and Andre Picard

SCRIPT: Steve Roberts & Peter Wagg

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Reed Smoot

EDITOR: Harry B. Miller III

MUSIC: Benoit Jutras

PRODUCTION DESIGN: John Zachary

RUNNING TIME: 38min

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: IMAX
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 26, 1999







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