What an immense organisation and achievement the Opera Ballet is, so many cogs in the machine! It reminded me of when Chelsea won a match, the Tea lady congratulated Mourinho on what he and the team had done, he corrected her, "no, what we've done". The film is thought-provoking, fascinating, mesmerising and beautiful, and to my eye the dancing was superb.
A generally engrossing and deceptively simple documentary. Wiseman's seemingly impassive camera reveals more than the not inconsiderable dance techniques through some subtlety observed moments and recurring motifs - not least sly observances of impatient and bickering staff as well as the race of the more menial staff contrastingly dotted throughout. A good thirty minutes too long and a little lacking in humour, but a film which nevertheless invidiously gets under your skin.
I had the pleasure of watching this on a big screen at the recently concluded Oslo International Film Festival, and Wiseman's captures the art of ballet in a precise and fascinating manner. I was easily drawn into the inherent drama of the daily life of the dancers, the artistic director and the artform itself. It is a beautiful film in so many ways, but around the 2 hour mark the film had told most of its story, and to me the last half hour was repetitive and sadly made me a bit bored - eventhough the ballet scenes kept unfolding in front of me. This would've been a true masterpiece with some selective editing, making me want to see even more - instead of wearing me out. Still, I recommend this film wholeheartedly - and maybe a two part TV version could give justice to the running time. (Though the viewer would lose the magical big screen effect that this film truly manages to utilize.)