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France / USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, Documentaries)

Director: Frederick Wiseman


Slip backstage at the world's most famous nude dance revue.

Founded in 1951, Paris's legendary Crazy Horse cabaret is a fixture of the city's nightlife. Famous for its elaborate nude dance spectacles, the club's celebration of sensuality, eroticism and the female backside is distinctly French. But it's not all buttocks! Choreographer Phillipe Decoufle runs a gruelling schedule for the dancers in his effort to produce a show that will “impress the intellectuals”.

Director Frederick Wiseman (La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet, MIFF 09) takes us behind the scenes for a demure glimpse at the club's daytime workings - from the catty chatter and classy T&A to the debonair derrières and barely there bijouterie.

“Wiseman [creates] an impressionistic portrait of a highly rarefied realm, a tiny sanctuary from real life where the refined expression of sensuality, eroticism and… desire is the be-all and end-all.” - Hollywood Reporter

D Frederick Wiseman P Pierre Olivier Bardet, Frederick Wiseman WS Celluloid Dreams L French, English w/English subtitles TD DCP/2011

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