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Lizzie B: digging deeper

Nov 12, 2013 4:40:00 PM
By julia

Not unexpectedly there is a  lot of material out there on this most  notorious, ambiguous, shocking (unsolved?)  crime . 
 a few choices:


     Youtube      Lizzie Borden Documentary
                       Arnold Brown's Theory of the Lizzie Borden Case
                       Lizzie Borden - Ed McBain's theory

       Another Lizzie   
            Agnes de Mille's ballet  FALL RIVER LEGEND  premiered in 1948. There is a DVD of a  1989 performance by The Dance Theater of Harlem with Virginia Johnson giving a powerful and eloquent portrayal of Lizzie expressed in pure movement.  The ballet with a somewhat generic score by Morton Gould is perhaps too often redolent of OKLAHOMA (choreographed by de Mille) with its jolly hoedowns and  at times a bit overly melodramatic  but  it has its strengths and it is definitely worth a look   This same performance turns up on Youtube  DANSE THEATRE OF HARLEM "FALL RIVER LEGEND"


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