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THE COMPANY is "a completely new kind of film" raves Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times, a fascinating look at the world of dance, with the cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Legendarydirector and Oscar(r) nominee Robert Altman (2001 Best Director, Best Picture, Gosford Park; 1975 Best Director, Best Picture, Nashville), takes us into the world of the dancers whose professional and personal lives clash as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Neve Campbell (Scream, TV's "Party of Five") plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe. Golden Globe(r) winner James Franco (Spider-Man, TV's "James Dean") co-stars as Campbell's boyfriend, a master chef who provides romance and refuge from the watchful eye of the pompous artistic director played by Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 19.69 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 90.72 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 01322
- Subtitles: : French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- ASIN : B0001XAOPM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 47,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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However, the pace is rather slow, there are hardly any scenes of classic ballets at all, just modern choreographies.
Half way through the film I wondered whether it had a plot.
Where's the excitment of "Center Stage"?
I enjoyed the making of featurette more than the film.
3 stars for the director and dancers.
Really worth buying if you go for these type of films and more so if not as it keeps a sense of a movie too for all to enjoy
However, since then I have been going to the ballet frequently and have become fascinated by the dance itself, and on revisiting this film on dvd I was able to enjoy the movie on another level.
The story synopsis is, a dancer played by Neve Campbell, is a member of a ballet company based in Chicago (the Joffrey ballet play the ensemble parts) has recently been rejected by a fellow dancer she was seeing and is now dating another ballerina in the company.
Her confidence is knocked initially, but then she is asked to perform a 'Pas de deux' at an open air venue in the middle of a storm, which is a big success and it raises her profile in the company. She soon goes on to meet a handsome chef with whom she starts a relationship.
This is the main plot line in the movie but not the main focus. The dancing and the general lives of the dancers is the overall story being told here. There isn't a lot of drama or intrigue it is just a beautifully shot and gently led piece, which just allows the viewer an insight into the world of a professional dancer without the need of any experience of ballet or former interest.
The dancers who play the ensemble parts of this film were amazing it was hard to believe they hadn't been acting for years and the dance sequences were second to none. I had never heard of this company before, but after seeing this film I would pay good money to see them if I ever visit Chicago. In saying that as mentioned before this film is a really pleasant way to unwind without too much investment.