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Question 06: Description

Hail the New Puritan
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Clip from Hail the New Puritan by Charles Atlas, Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)

6. Which is the best description for this tape?
Hail the New Puritan by Charles Atlas

A A man dances in a loft

B A young barefoot white man in white boxers and undershirt with a blond, spike haircut dances dreamily sometimes en pointe, sometimes in punkish fashion, to the tune of a spoken version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"

C Exhuberant and witty, Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life "docufantasy" starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark. Atlas' fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London subculture. Contriving a faux cinema-verite format in which to stage his stylized fiction, Atlas seamlessly integrates Clark's extraordinary dance performances into the docu-narrative flow. Focusing on Clark's flamboyantly postured eroticism and the artifice of his provocative balletic performances, Atlas posits the dance as a physical manifestation of Clark's psychology. From the surreal opening dream sequence to the final solo dance, Clark's milieu of fashion, clubs and music signifies for Atlas "a time capsule of a certain period and context in London that's now gone."


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