Tightrope Dancer

Tightrope Dancer
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Introducing Vali Myers


“Vali’s dogs, Vali’s trees, Vali’s donkey, the birds, the flowers, the caves, the spiders of Vali. We have seen for the first time the old skeleton of nature.”
Bernardo Bertolucci, film-maker, Last Tango in Paris, Stealing Beauty.

An engrossing documentary on artist and adventurer Vali Myers; the legendary flame-haired dancing Bohemian of post-war Paris; the Free Spirit of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending and the creator of magical paintings.

Shot on location in her wild remote valley in Salerno, and Naples where she dances with Vesuvian gypsies, Vali resumes her annual sojurn at New York’s Chelsea Hotel where she continues to take the city by storm.

Featuring appearances by movie star Peter Weller (Robocop) musicians Deborah Harry (Blondie) and Chris Stein and George Plimpton.


Length: 58 min
Year: 1990


Matt White, The Daily Mirror

“I wanted to celebrate a wild rambunctious survivor who lives outside of conventional society and flourishes.”
Ruth Cullen

“Don’t miss this film”
Louise Kennedy, The Canberra Times

“Ruth Cullen has fashioned an engrossing documentary”
Ed Kaufman, The Hollywood Reporter


Special discount Painted Lady AND Tightrope Dancer for $60 inc. postage

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Production Stills


Vali & Ruth, Chelsea Hotel

Vali & Ruth, Chelsea Hotel

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