Friday, October 15, 2010

La Danse The Paris Opera Ballet Review

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Legendary documentary maker, Frederick Wiseman is at it again with an intriguing documentary that follows the members of the Paris Opera Ballet as they rehearse for a series of ballets. Behind the scenes the dancers work on their movements over and over as the choreographers make their charges ready for performance. Watch as the dancers train and train until finally they come together into a single, fluid performance. Exquisite but with no interviews, narration, or explanatory captions, the documentary lacks context. Subsequently after the nearly three hour movie it is difficult to tell who is more exhausted, you or the performers. A must for the obsessed but take a cushion.

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