Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

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Released 2001

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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

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Director:
Nils Tavernier
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet is a documentary film released in 2002. Written and directed by Nils Tavernier, the movie follows the travails and tribulations of the principal dancers (in the French, "etoiles") of the famed Paris Opera Ballet. This company was founded by Louis XVI and is one of the oldest dance companies in the world. It is also well known for its intense rigor and artistry. As with any other dance company, there is a delicate air of mystery and wonderment that surrounds the Paris Opera Ballet, and this film seeks to both dispel and confirm the myths and stereotypes that plague all dance companies. Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet generously features both those on the stage and those behind the scenes, offering us a rare perspective on this world that is both beautiful and brutal. Through rehearsals, performances, and exams, this film flits and floats along on a magical journey that will be cherished by dancers and non-dancers alike.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    You might expect its beauty but not its intelligence, its ability to reflect the texture of some extraordinary lives.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The cinematic equivalent of sampling goodies from a spartan tastings menu in which the entrees, desserts and appetizers are confusingly jumbled together.

  • 25

    San Francisco Chronicle

    For the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.

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    Arts, Documentary

    Themes

    Dance, Culture, Foreign Language