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Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse (2012)



Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 4

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Inside Paris's Crazy Horse cabaret - the most famous nude dance show in the world. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman explores one of the most mythic and colorful places dedicated to women, the Crazy Horse - a legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Over the years it has become the Parisian nightlife 'must' for visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Wiseman's impeccable eye finds the Crazy Horse a uniquely French showcase, with an


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Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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The idea is to be erotic, seductive, but often, through Wiseman's unforgiving lens, the effect is more anatomical, aloof, amusing.

March 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If there's one thing that's both surprising and predictable about "Crazy Horse" it's how thoroughly unsexy the film is.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Wiseman is a still-prolific luminary of what has been dubbed "direct cinema," a documentary style in which the director intrudes as little as possible and conducts no on-camera interviews.

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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If nothing else, you'll surely relish the extravagant rhetoric used by Ali Mahdavi, the club's artistic director, to describe what is basically a tasteful nudie revue.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The most interesting dynamic exists between director Philippe Decoufle and artistic director Ali Mahdavi.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Ultimately, this is interesting filmmaking, but Wiseman's ultra-orthodox methods may put off viewers who are used to more interactive documentaries.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

The movie might as well be about the Burger King down the road, considering that it tells us virtually nothing about this legendary Parisian club.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Wiseman's camera seems to be unabashedly enjoying the garish spectacle it's taking in, while at the same time offering an implicit critique of the narrow definition of beauty and the commodification of flesh embodied by the Crazy Horse aesthetic.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Take away the nude women, and the office politics are pretty familiar.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There's a distinct lack of real-world tension in this particular Wiseman subject.

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Wiseman's film captivates, like all backstage documentaries, with its instances of the banal ensconced amid so much fleshly and artistic perfection.

March 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

I wish its running time were more like its costumes...

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

In more than two hours, Wiseman should teach us the history and the current personalities behind the club, not just save us the airfare of going there.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye | Comment (1)

Gives viewers an unparalleled backstage look. (The film) should be required viewing for adult students of direction and choreography for both theatre and film thanks to its excellent treatment of the critical subject of artistic choices.

February 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
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