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La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
November 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
October 25, 2010
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.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 22, 2010
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.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
October 20, 2010
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.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 20, 2010
A mesmerising 160-minute portrait of ballet as art, ballet as business and, most importantly of all, ballet as a way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
October 20, 2010
Long, graceful, quietly exhilarating.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
October 18, 2010
While there's insight to be gained, this overly long and often mundane doco is unlikely to spark an interest in the general viewer.
May 3, 2010
[It reminds] us in our amateur celebrity talent show-dominated times of what genuine artistic talent looks like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
April 29, 2010
Even if you don't know your pliés from your jétes, it's impossible not to be impressed by the athleticism, agility and stamina on display, though the star of the show is the ballet's imperious artistic director, Brigitte Lefèvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
April 23, 2010
It is interesting up to a point, unfortunately it's a point that is reached long before the lengthy running time is even halfway over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
April 23, 2010
Don't be put off by the film's 153-minute running time - La Danse is utterly engrossing and a must-see for ballet and documentary enthusiasts alike.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2010
Beautifully shot and compelling in parts but a love of classical dance helps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
April 22, 2010
La Danse is an example of cinema at its most musical, an awe-inspiring celebration of body, mind and movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 22, 2010
A completely addictive, seemingly relaxed and formless ramble through weeks of rehearsal and performance footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 22, 2010
The climactic performance sequences are mesmerising, with John Davey's camera capturing the kinetic energy and athletic grace of the dancers with Degas-like reverence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 2, 2010
From wardrobe to makeup to the cafeteria (rather unappetizing fare for French cuisine), La Danse is a dream come true for dance-junkies whose fantasy is to sniff around backstage uninhibited. For the rest, resonant moments come at a snail's pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 12, 2010
It's just endless performance footage, indulgently edited together, and it soons proves exhausting. Not "I just danced on the balls of my feet for three hours" exhausting, but exhausting nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 31, 2010
Challenging as well as informative...a strong addition to an already impressive body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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