La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué. Now, turning his attention to a perhaps less upper-crust subject, he proves without a doubt, TrustMovies thinks, that the Crazy Horse produces art of its own kind every bit as spectacular and enduring, if not quite so cerebral, as those other two institutions. From the "paradoxysm of eroticism" spoken of as female nude bodies swerve and sway beneath a unique polka-dot lighting design, this movie is something else.
John Davey) catches everything in a manner both on-the-fly and at rapt attention so that you don't want to blink in fear of missing something extraordinary. At one point, I swear that the camera comes in close enough on an undulating crotch to put you in mind of cunnilingus.
Bob Fosse must have studied here.
Philippe Decouflé (above, left), who is rehearsing his newly-developed show titled DÉSIR (Desire) which made its debut in the fall of 2009 and is still being performed. We and Wiseman watch as the dancers learn their moves, struggle with recalcitrant costumes and lighting effects, and along the way perform parts of the show. We even, toward the end, watch as a new group of dancers auditions for Decouflé and crew. (This is particularly interesting because, by now, having seen so much, we understand what is necessary and so can do a pretty fair job of judging which dancers will make it and which will not.)
Zipporah Films (Wiseman's own distribution company), Crazy Horse opens this coming Wednesday in New York City at Film Forum for a three-week run, after which it will play some 22 cities throughout the country. For a look at playdates, cities and theaters currently scheduled, click here and then scroll down. Note: Frederick Wiseman will appear in-person at Film Forum on Wednesday, January 18, at the 6:45 show!