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Crazy Horse

"In the wonderful CRAZY HORSE, documentary filmmaking's greatest living master, Frederick Wiseman, completes his trilogy on iconic French institutions… sneaking into the private spaces of the legendary cabaret club the Crazy Horse. And in doing so, he's made the most entertaining film in his 40-plus-year career. Wiseman's dazzling romp follows ten amusing weeks of rehearsals and performances for the new show Desirs, staged by famed cinematographer Philippe Decoufle and a cast of memorably kooky characters who give it their all for art in the face of commercial restraints… Employing a wide array of gels, projections and effects (polka dots, leopard patterns), the eye-popping numbers at the Crazy Horse are drop-dead cinematic, at times approaching kaleidoscopic op art. Wiseman wisely lets scenes play out in long takes and the viewer's astonishment sinks in. He presents a sly analysis of how the Crazy Horse achieves the erotic without the vulgar and plays on the fantasies of the viewers, the dancers and the administration alike." - Mark Peranson, Vancouver International Film Festival "The beauty captured at the Crazy – of the performers, their motions, and the mauve, aqua, and marigold scrims that frame their silhouettes – is summed up in Andree's [the club's managing director] definition of eroticism: 'The ultimate thing is to suggest without offering oneself.' Every shot and edit in Wiseman's film also suggests without over-explaining, allowing a viewer to lose herself in pleasure, free to agree with or tweak Andree's pronouncement." - Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

2hrs 14mins long
R16 Contains nudity

Naamah Alva
Frederick Wiseman Philippe Decoufle
Daizy Blu