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French Erotic Cabaret From Frederick Wiseman

Written by: FFT Webmaster | January 13th, 2012

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s latest film will have its US theatrical premiere at New York’s Film Forum beginning next week for a confirmed 3-week engagement. CRAZY HORSE is the master’s rueful look behind the scenes of the famed Crazy Horse club in Paris, a monument to French erotica. The club, which was founded sixty years ago, has become a Parisian nightlife must for visitors, with its naughty and gaudy burlesque and cabaret extravaganzas. The legendary erotic cabaret prides itself on the beauty of its women and the old-fashioned glitz that its productions lavish upon their seemingly flawless bodies. The show’s choreographer Philippe Decouflé argues passionately for more time to perfect his newest show, as Wiseman and his longtime cinematographer, John Davey, record every temper tantrum, dance move and sexual innuendo. However, in keeping with many of the films of his long and storied career, this is mainly a film about work, blood, sweat and tears. Behind the glamour of it all, Wiseman demonstrates that the women on the stage work a grueling schedule under difficult conditions that does not make every night a dream come true. But in the best tradition of show business, the ingénues bare their torsos with big smiles on their faces to the rapturous acclaim of audiences who know they are in the presence of a much loved Paris institution.  The new film, which has played at all the major film festivals of the Fall circuit, joins LA DANSE and LA COMÉDIE-FRANÇAISE OU L’AMOUR JOUÉ to complete Wiseman’s trilogy on iconic French cultural phenomenon, although this was one is certainly the steamiest of the bunch. For more information, visit: www.filmforum.org

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