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STF: La danse – The Paris Opera Ballet

Frederick Wiseman’s La danse sees the director returning to what is clearly a personal passion. His 1995 film, Ballet, examined New York’s American Ballet Theatre. On this occasion the filmmaker presents a rigorously detailed look at the inner workings of the Paris Opera Ballet. This astounding, beautiful documentary shows in fascinating detail how this vast organisation functions, from administration to the costume department, technical support and classes, to the rehearsal and performances of seven ballets, including The Nutcracker and more contemporary works. Wiseman’s classic, observational style allows the audience to immerse itself in this remarkable world, gaining a greater appreciation and understanding of the work that goes into presenting a world-class ballet. It’s an utterly engrossing and extraordinarily accomplished film from one of the world’s
greatest documentary makers.

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