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

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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.
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
Phelim O'Neill
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
Kent Turner
December 8, 2009
Wiseman is precise, revealing to the viewer exactly what he wants you to see, in sync with the company's cautious administration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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
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Sam Adams
AV Club
November 5, 2009
At a shade over two and a half hours, La Danse is compact by Wiseman's standards, and it feels much shorter, gracefully flowing from ballerinas en pointe to construction workers patching cracks in the ceiling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John R. Killacky
San Francisco Chronicle
December 4, 2009
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, Frederick Wiseman's astoundingly beautiful documentary, has sumptuous delights to satisfy every balletomane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 1, 2009
Wiseman is principally concerned with process here, the process of art's creation and, to a lesser degree, the process of an institution's functioning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
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.
Mike Scott
December 11, 2009
A remarkably intimate and nearly meditative cinematic experience, as Wiseman all but embeds his audience with the ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Tim Grierson
The Simon
November 19, 2009
Sweeping, elegant, completely enjoyable, but rarely revelatory.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 29, 2010
I don't know much about ballet, and I liked the elaborately detailed La Danse, but I suspect dance buffs are going to devour it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
October 20, 2010
Long, graceful, quietly exhilarating.
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
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.
Brian Orndorf
December 3, 2009
The effort of the Paris Opera Company is astonishing, but La danse is a documentary triumph, making the mundane components of perfectionism feel as tense and engrossing as any fireball-happy Hollywood blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
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
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