Director: Frederick Wiseman | France, USA 2011 | 134 min
The Parisian strip club "Le Crazy Horse de Paris" boasts of having the world's most beautiful women in the most sophisticated shows, and since 1951 it has entertained its picky audience with its spectacular shows. A legendary, underground fantasy world in the heart of Paris, which the 80-year-old and highly prolific master documentarist Frederick Wiseman has explored in his characteristic "fly on the wall" format, which he himself has co-invented: what you see is what you get - but this, on the other hand, is not that little! From the lavish stage shows to the small and large dramas backstage, the camera fly is there where it happens. Wiseman shares his great interest in dance and the body's movements (which was last seen in "La Danse" and "Boxing Gym" at CPH:DOX in 2009 and 2010) with the club's perfectionist choreographer Philippe Decouflé, who is fighting to guide the club into a new century without compromising his art form. And he assures us that it is all about cultivating female beauty as an art form. You be the judge when Wiseman follows him during the work with the entirely extravagant show "Désir", where the female dancers almost create one big, abstract body. It is a sight that one should treat oneself to. For even if he has made it to the other side of 80 years and with 40 films under his belt, Wiseman manages to make every moment seem both new and highly familiar.
Crazy Horse (France, USA, 2011, 134 min.)
Director: Frederick Wiseman.
Dialogue: with English Subtitles.