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Bolshoi Babylon (2015)

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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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What a dynamite situation for British director Nick Read and his team to walk into.

January 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.

December 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.

November 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Spliced between all this inscrutable psychodrama are scenes of sumptuous dancing, though balletomanes will no doubt be let down that there isn't more discussion of ballet itself.

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Bolshoi Babylon joins Frederick Wiseman's La Danse and National Gallery, and Nicolas Philibert's La Maison de la Radio, as another recent documentary that regards its chosen institution as a complex, living organism.

December 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Co-directors Nick Read and Mark Franchetti present a compelling if ultimately somewhat dispiriting study of the sacrifices required to be part of this world-famous institution and the competitiveness that underpins its artistic supremacy.

December 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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