Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 23, 2012 – Sunday, April 01, 2012

(US/France/2011—directed by Frederick Wiseman)

A sequel of sorts to La Danse, his extraordinary 2009 portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, the 39th feature by non-fiction master Frederick Wiseman takes us behind and in front of the scenes at another storied Paris cultural institution: the Crazy Horse erotic cabaret, now in its 60th year of continuous operation. In his signature observational style, Wiseman makes us a fly on the wall as the Crazy Horse team prepares a new revue, taking us from auditions and costume fittings to rehearsals and finally the highly seductive numbers themselves, filmed in shimmering close-up. Along the way, Wiseman steals remarkable glances at performers getting into character and directors and technicians battling management as they strive to perfect the aesthetics of desire. The result is an exuberant, one-of-a-kind musical valentine to the City of Light and the art of making art. In English and French with English subtitles. (134 min.)

“A study of the artistic process that is itself a work of art, and, as such, a reminder of what a documentary can be.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Wiseman at the top of his game. A dazzling cinema experience.” Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“The most brilliant, brave and innovative person working in his field.” Los Angeles Times


Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 PM

Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31 at 9:30 PM
Sunday, April 1 at 4:30 PM