Went to visit dad today, he made a quick lunch of instant noodles with fresh chinese cabbage and some Wagyu steaks from Glenmore Meats. How’s that for a budget gourmet lunch?
Tonight’s Film Festival pick Crazy Horse was a bit of a dud.
The self-tagged ‘best nude dancing show in the world’, legendary nightclub Le Crazy Horse de Paris comes under the sharp eye of ‘one of today’s greatest living documentary filmmakers’, Frederick Wiseman. In his first digitally shot film, the cinéma vérité pioneer follows two obsessive perfectionists, choreographer Philippe Decouflé and artistic director Ali Mahdavi, as they create a new erotic revue entitled Désirs. The performance, complete with eye-catching projections and exquisite less-is-more costumes, showcases the outrageously beautiful nudes in an abstract manner reminiscent of Helmut Newton or pop artist Allen Jones. As in many of his films (he’s made roughly one a year since 1967, including La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet and Ballet), Wiseman, unintrusively records the routines and rhythms of performance, the backstage chat, the clash between creativity and practicality, beauty and vulgarity – and the complex mesh of modern-day institutions.
Screens with the short Rauch und Spiegel
I just found it so boring and slow. Sure there was some nice T&A and the girls were were very flexible and talented dancers but it just wasn’t compelling. The performances were nicely shot and the lighting effects were pretty amazing for the dance productions but it just went on so long, about an hour too long! This documentary didn’t really seem to have a narrative. I wanted to know more about the venue, the characters, the two guys tap dancing, did they actually end up closing the Crazy Horse to spend time to improve the show? Was the footage we saw the old show or the new improved show? (OK, in hindsight, it appears that it was the new show). There were many unanswered questions… and yes, I definitely nodded off in this one, even though I tried not to because closing my eyes would mean not being able to understand the dialogue. Have to admit that I didn’t watch the trailer before choosing buying the tickets. oh well.
2 more films to go!