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Disappointed, not so great,
This review is from: La danse - The Paris Opera Ballet [DVD]  (DVD)
So many good comments on this documentary, but as a classical ballet fan I don't quite agree.
Why only one out of five stars? The classical ballet dancing is only about 1/5 of the whole film. The contemporary pieces fill the most of it, among them only one piece is worth of watching, which is sort of like street dancing, the rest are all dark, self expressing and psycho path like. One piece is especially disturbing: pouring blood over two young kids and putting the blood-tainted buckets on their head, people might think this is child abuse.
Except the part of classical ballet dancing, the whole film is dim and boring. Since it is so much cheaper now, it is still worth of buying for the sake of the classical pieces in there.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2011 17:24:31 BDT
A very helpful review, I thought this would be on a par with the recent 3 part series Agony & Ecstasy: A Year with The English National Ballet, but if so much of it focuses on the modern stuff I'll pass. I have The Sleeping Beauty by POB and recently ordered La Bayadere, and will later get Paquita but stuff like Notre Dame De Paris and Le Jeune Homme Et La Mort ... not my thing at all, so La Danse doesn't sound at all appealing to me now. Thank you for saving me £6 and the bother of having to sell it on marketplace. :D
Posted on 3 Aug 2011 23:19:09 BDT
From another ballet fan: I agree with your review comments. I would add that I found it cold and distant from what was going on. And as another reviewer has said, we don't get to hear dancers talking to camera, we just watch bits of performances etc. Maybe this was an attempt to be cool and arty. That's an impression I got.
But, as you say, worth it for the pure gems to be searched for.
Now, back to me plies .....
Posted on 5 May 2014 21:39:07 BDT
Thanks for a very illuminating review - you've just saved me £7:50!
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