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Philippe Decouflé, Ali Mahdavi

Inside Paris's Crazy Horse cabaret - the most famous nude dance show in the world. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman explores one of the most mythic and colorful places dedicated to wo... read more read, the Crazy Horse - a legendary Parisian cabaret club, 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 (2 shows a night and 3 on Saturdays, 7 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Unrated, 2 hr. 14 min.

Directed by: Frederick Wiseman

Release Date: January 18, 2012

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DVD Release Date: July 28, 2014

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Stanley Kauffmann
June 19, 2013
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage. Full Review

Steven Rea
March 30, 2012
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

The idea is to be erotic, seductive, but often, through Wiseman's unforgiving lens, the effect is more anatomical, aloof, amusing. Full Review

Tom Long
March 23, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

If there's one thing that's both surprising and predictable about "Crazy Horse" it's how thoroughly unsexy the film is. Full Review

Joe Williams
March 16, 2012
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Wiseman is a still-prolific luminary of what has been dubbed "direct cinema," a documentary style in which the director intrudes as little as possible and conducts no on-camera interviews. Full Review

Walter V. Addiego
March 8, 2012
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

If nothing else, you'll surely relish the extravagant rhetoric used by Ali Mahdavi, the club's artistic director, to describe what is basically a tasteful nudie revue. Full Review

Bill Goodykoontz
March 8, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

The most interesting dynamic exists between director Philippe Decoufle and artistic director Ali Mahdavi. Full Review

Colin Covert
March 5, 2012
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The revue and the film are chic, antiseptic and curiously asexual. Full Review

Michael Phillips
February 23, 2012
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

The performers, who (spoiler alert) look pretty good, are neither sentimentalized nor unduly ennobled by Wiseman. Full Review

J. R. Jones
February 23, 2012
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

So warm, colorful, and sensuous that it seems like a real anomaly for the highly disciplined filmmaker. Full Review

Roger Ebert
February 23, 2012
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris is famous for its "erotic chic" revues, but I found nothing either erotic or chic in this reduction of body parts to geometrical displays. Full Review

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