La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris
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La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris
One of America's most respected documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, presents a glimpse into the inner workings of a respected ballet company in 2009's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet. Wiseman and his camera crew traveled to France and watched from the sidelines as the company's choreographers and dancers (among them Emilie Cosette, Aurélie Dupont, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Benjamin Pech, Laëtitia Pujol, and Wilfried Romoli) worked out the details of the major pieces for their 2008 program. In addition to the dancers honing their craft, Wiseman trains his eye on the people… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"La Danse is an example of cinema at its most musical, an awe-inspiring celebration of body, mind and movement."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A unique kind of magic: a documentary about the work in art that is itself a work of art."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"La danse is as good a way as any to discover the extraordinary combination of control, strength, precision, beauty and art that goes into creating ballet."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"It's not just boring, though, it's heart-breaking. Even hardcore fans of ballet might find themselves checking their e-mails or nipping out for another bucket of popcorn."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"Long, graceful, quietly exhilarating."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"What's missing is a sense of who the dancers are as people and it makes La Danse feel like it has missed some crucial steps."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, Frederick Wiseman's astoundingly beautiful documentary, has sumptuous delights to satisfy every balletomane."
‑ John R. Killacky, San Francisco Chronicle
"Yes it's long, but like the seven ballet productions it follows, La Danse prizes meticulous, exhaustive and downright entrancing precision...Indeed, La Danse is a film that makes you profoundly grateful documentaries exist."
‑ Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground
"Wiseman has captured the experience of wandering through a living gallery of performance, adroitly defining not only why ballet is one of the most beautiful of human endeavours, but also why it is the most impenetrable of all our art forms."
‑ Simon Foster,
"While there's insight to be gained, this overly long and often mundane doco is unlikely to spark an interest in the general viewer."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
"It is an insider's look at the ballet, but one that only an insider will get the most out of."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Captures the fleeting beauty of ballet in dozens of miniature portraits, each quietly soaring. This movie just goes up there and stays there, and it's magical."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"I warn you, this film is long. Two hours and forty minutes worth. Dance gives it its constant pulse, while it builds, slowly. It will reward your patience, it may even make new converts to dance as an art form."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"A mesmerising 160-minute portrait of ballet as art, ballet as business and, most importantly of all, ballet as a way of life."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"[It reminds] us in our amateur celebrity talent show-dominated times of what genuine artistic talent looks like."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
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