Crazy Horse Reviews

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June 19, 2013
Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage.
March 30, 2012
The idea is to be erotic, seductive, but often, through Wiseman's unforgiving lens, the effect is more anatomical, aloof, amusing.
March 23, 2012
If there's one thing that's both surprising and predictable about "Crazy Horse" it's how thoroughly unsexy the film is.
March 16, 2012
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 8, 2012
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
The most interesting dynamic exists between director Philippe Decoufle and artistic director Ali Mahdavi.
February 23, 2012
The performers, who (spoiler alert) look pretty good, are neither sentimentalized nor unduly ennobled by Wiseman.
February 23, 2012
So warm, colorful, and sensuous that it seems like a real anomaly for the highly disciplined filmmaker.
February 23, 2012
The Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris is famous for its "erotic chic" revues, but I found nothing either erotic or chic in this reduction of body parts to geometrical displays.
February 9, 2012
It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes view, right down to the delivery man who blandly deposits a bag of takeout backstage.
February 2, 2012
It is a deft revelation of shared humanity, the kind of thing no one does better than Frederick Wiseman.
January 26, 2012
Wiseman's are the movies to show to the aliens when they arrive.
January 26, 2012
Wiseman freely, unobtrusively prowls the joint to create a movie that respects the serious work involved in simulating the sensations of pleasure.
January 24, 2012
The spectacle lodges somewhere between erotic reverie and the perfection of a revolving sculpture.
Top Critic
January 20, 2012
A film that firmly belies the assumption that "fly on the wall" implies an absence of cinematic effect.
January 19, 2012
It's undeniably interesting to watch each element come into place, from choreography to costumes. But the truth is, most viewers will best appreciate the retro-sexy dance numbers themselves.
January 19, 2012
Part performance film, part backstage documentary, Crazy Horse is familiar in form, yet remarkable both for its subject and for who's sitting in the director's chair.
January 18, 2012
Wiseman's methodology favors the vocal, so we hear more from the choreographers and the directors than we do from the actual performers, and that somewhat throws off the balance of what we learn about the goings-on here.
January 18, 2012
Sexploitation and art blend uneasily in "Crazy Horse,'' by the renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman.
January 17, 2012
Mr. Wiseman's particular genius has always been to convey, through judicious editing and dogged filming, the tedium, busyness and quiet intensity of group labor.
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