Crazy Horse (2012)

Crazy Horse (2012)



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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 emphasis on elegance, perfectionism and a grueling schedule (2 shows a night and 3 on Saturdays, 7 days a week). The film shows us the rehearsals for and the unveiling of the brand new show - Désir - created by the renowned French choreographer Phillippe Decoufle. -- (C) Official Site
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Philippe Decouflé
as Philippe Decouflé
Ali Mahdavi
as Ali Mahdavi

Critic Reviews for Crazy Horse

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (25)

Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

The idea is to be erotic, seductive, but often, through Wiseman's unforgiving lens, the effect is more anatomical, aloof, amusing.

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

If there's one thing that's both surprising and predictable about "Crazy Horse" it's how thoroughly unsexy the film is.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
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.

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

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Crazy Horse

Frederick Wiseman points his cinema verite camera at the CRAZY HORSE in Paris completing his French trilogy that includes films on La Comedie Francaise and the Paris Opera Ballet. As always, Wiseman does not interject himself into the proceedings but unlike his best works, CRAZY HORSE does not always have much of a point to make. Watching the film, you will question "is this art" or "pure exploitation" regarding the CRAZY HORSE. And that clearly is one of Wiseman's points--can there both? or works that straddle the line? Yes! But the film just never delves deep enough to see or understand the world underneath the beautiful naked bodies.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

pretty bad movie, as a documentary it feels light and incomplete. most of the dancers are techically not at all talented (suppose thats why they have to be nude) steven soderberghs 'magic mike' is a far more entertaining look at erotic dancing.

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What so engaging here is this documentary's ability to titillate as well as educate. By observing the events of an infamous Parisian cabaret, the film successfully captures the creating, performing, and selling of simulated sexual pleasure.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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