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Clearly, [Stephane] Bron is more interested in the work that goes into creating what happens on stage rather than the performances themselves, and the film thankfully never turns into a very highbrow concert film.
Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron recalls Frederick Wiseman in subject and verite style with this involving chronicle of the Paris Opera's 2015-'16 season
Bron's film is an impressionistic immersion into a complex organization of hundreds of dedicated, talented people, for whom, whatever happens, the show must go on.
Although the action of the film is chronological, Bron hops around from place to place - boardroom, dressing room, practice room - and from subject to subject, so quickly that, without guidance, it's nearly impossible to place anything in context.
"The Paris Opera" has plenty of interesting moments, and certainly it's a must for opera fans, despite its faults.
Covering an eventful artistic season, Jean-Stéphane Bron's "The Paris Opera" is a well-observed vérité portrait of a major cultural institution.
There are certain sequences in this doc that will lift your spirits up to the highest states of feeling that this art can reach.
A disrespectful documentary that uses decontextualized behind-the-scenes footage to highlight the absurd.
Unfortunately, the film has nothing much to say other than that the enterprise is inherently complicated - which isn't point enough for 111 minutes of screen time.
"The Paris Opera" feels at once sprawling and insufficiently patient. Even so, it spans a pivotal stretch ...
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