Crazy Horse
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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 women, 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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Crazy Horse could be condensed to its advantage."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Ultimately, this is interesting filmmaking, but Wiseman's ultra-orthodox methods may put off viewers who are used to more interactive documentaries."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Take away the nude women, and the office politics are pretty familiar."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"I wish its running time were more like its costumes..."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The idea is to be erotic, seductive, but often, through Wiseman's unforgiving lens, the effect is more anatomical, aloof, amusing."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The movie might as well be about the Burger King down the road, considering that it tells us virtually nothing about this legendary Parisian club."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"There's a distinct lack of real-world tension in this particular Wiseman subject."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"In more than two hours, Wiseman should teach us the history and the current personalities behind the club, not just save us the airfare of going there."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"If there's one thing that's both surprising and predictable about "Crazy Horse" it's how thoroughly unsexy the film is."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The most interesting dynamic exists between director Philippe Decoufle and artistic director Ali Mahdavi."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Wiseman's camera seems to be unabashedly enjoying the garish spectacle it's taking in, while at the same time offering an implicit critique of the narrow definition of beauty and the commodification of flesh embodied by the Crazy Horse aesthetic."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Wiseman's film captivates, like all backstage documentaries, with its instances of the banal ensconced amid so much fleshly and artistic perfection."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Gives viewers an unparalleled backstage look. (The film) should be required viewing for adult students of direction and choreography for both theatre and film thanks to its excellent treatment of the critical subject of artistic choices."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
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