Documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women, ‘Crazy Horse’. This legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become, over the years the Parisian nightlife ‘must’ for any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel tower and the Louvre.
Wiseman’s impeccable eye allows us to enter into this intriguing international temple of the Parisian club world and to discover what makes the Crazy Horse tick: elegance, perfectionism and a grueling schedule (with 2 shows a night and 3 on Saturdays, 7 days a week). The film takes us to the final curtain up, and the unveiling of the brand new show. DESIR is created by the greatest French choreographer Philippe Decouffle and is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful outburst that is the pinnacle of ‘Nude Chic’.
Documentarian Frederick Wiseman has been noted for his ability to capture the nuances of life in American institutions such as prisons, hospitals, welfare offices, and high schools. He started out in 1963 by producing a fictional feature film, The Cool World, an examination of the lives of Harlem teenagers. In the beginning, Wiseman was a staunch social reformist, and his films were calls for change. Titicut Follies, his first documentary, is an exposé of life in a prison for the criminally insane in Bridgewater, MA. It was controversial and left Wiseman with the reputation of being a muckraker. His four subsequent documentaries were all exposés of other tax-supported institutions designed to show the ineffectiveness of the bureaucracy that not only threatens to destroy them, but also dehumanizes the people they were meant to serve. Wiseman toned down his message and began focusing more on American culture to point out the symbolism of daily activities in his film Primate (1974). In… read more
Wiseman casts his eye on the workings of the famous CRAZY HORSE SALOON in Paris. More than just erotica the club prides itself on its choreography, style and performers. Wiseman's style of plain observation works well here and is a rare aside in digital projection for the veteran. Well captured and entertaining peak behind the curtain with several performances captured that truly exude their desired intent.
America’s preeminent documentarian turns again to a French subject, moving from a Parisian ballet to a Parisian cabaret.
Also: Photos from the set of Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.
A doc on the 50-year-old Parisian night spot. “Very gently, Wiseman disrobes the spectacle and peers inside.”