Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, February 05, 2010 – Friday, February 12, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

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(USA/2009—directed by Frederick Wiseman)

With his 38th film, Frederick Wiseman — arguably America’s finest documentary filmmaker — turns his attention to one of the world’s great ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet. Wiseman’s loving yet unblinking camera roams the vast Palais Garnier, the opulent 19th century home to the Ballet, from its crystal chandelier-bedecked corridors to its labyrinthine, hidden underground chambers, from its light-bathed rehearsal spaces to its magnificent theatre replete with a ceiling by Marc Chagall. But best of all is the film’s incomparably intimate time spent with the dancers — among them Nicolas le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot, and Agnès Letestu — as they rehearse and refine the choreography of Mats Ek, Wayne McGregor, Rudolf Nureyev and Pina Bausch. For balletomanes and the merely curious as well, La Danse is — as is all of this great filmmaker’s work, regardless of subject — a transporting and ennobling experience, one which leaves us both entertained and forever changed in a myriad of subtle ways. (152 min.)

"This is one of the finest dance films ever made." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Friday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 7 at 2:00 p.m.

February 12 at 9:30 p.m.