Directed by Frederick Wiseman (USA, 2011, 134 min.). DCP.

Wiseman explores the mythic and colorful Crazy Horse—a legendary Parisian cabaret club and the most famous nude dance show in the world, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Over the years it has become the Parisian nightlife ‘must’ for visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Wiseman’s impeccable eye finds the Crazy Horse a uniquely French showcase, with an emphasis on elegance, perfectionism, and a grueling schedule—two shows a night and three on Saturdays, seven days a week). The film shows us the rehearsals for and the unveiling of the brand new show—Désir—created by the renowned French choreographer Phillippe Decoufle.

“Mr. Wiseman contemplates it all with curiosity and tact. He has never been one to chase after inside stories or to pry into the psychology of the people he films. The patterns of their behavior in its institutional context has always been his primary concern and the major appeal of his work. That is certainly the case in Crazy Horse, though there may be something about this particular institutional context that inspires especially intense examination.” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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