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La Danse: Le Ballet de l?Opera de Paris

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La Danse: Le Ballet de L'Opera de Paris | TO INFINITY, AND BEYOND! Ballet dancers practicing in La Danse: Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris

La Danse: Le Ballet de L'Opera de Paris

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
158 minutes
director:
Frederick Wiseman

We gave it an A-

Frederick Wiseman applies his famously immersive, unnarrated documentary approach to La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, an empathic, impressionistic portrait of the renowed French ballet company. The result is a rapturous (if occasionally disorienting) dance film precisely choreographed with seeming artlessness. In tracking the staging of seven ballets, Wiseman and cinematographer John Davey admire lithe bodies in motion, spent dancers at rest, seamstresses sewing, administrators negotiating, workmen repairing the company’s grand edifice, and classical art kept alive in modern Paris. A-

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