Bolshoi Babylon

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The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure and one of the most famous institutions in the world. Recently, however, the theatre has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: intrigue, personal attacks and management changes have created lurid headlines. Now, for the first time, the theatre directors have allowed the backstage process to documented. With unparalleled behind the scenes access, the film will pay tribute to the dancers' extraordinary artistic and athletic talents, their abiding fear of injury and the ruthless ambition needed to survive in the world's most famous ballet company.


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  • Given the circumstances, Read has done a wonderful job. Instead of promoting or smearing a celebrated brand he's created a portrait of a workplace that feels both pertinent to Putin's Russia and universal.

    Jan 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A shocking tale of dysfunction, showing that the discipline needed for classical music creates violence and pain as a hidden byproduct, like nuclear waste.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Maybe more interesting as a behind-the-scenes exposé than it is a piece of hard journalism.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • What a dynamite situation for British director Nick Read and his team to walk into.

    Jan 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Through interviews, court footage and backstage glimpses of rehearsals and performances, Bolshoi Babylon tells this story adequately, if unimaginatively.

    Dec 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • These twin tracts of darkness and light, the sordid and the sublime, quite effectively submerge the viewer into a closed world.

    Nov 26, 2015 | Full Review…

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