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  • Summary: A documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet Company which combines still photographs, footage of ballet performances of "Swan Lake" and Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" with interviews with teachers, management, students and the company's biggest stars.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Zimmer
    90
    Among the many pleasures are the lively intelligence of the artists and their perceptiveness about their own situations.
  2. Reviewed by: Christine Temin
    88
    This is art paying homage to art.
  3. 80
    Overall the film is a fascinating glimpse into an insular world that gives the lie to many clichés and showcases a group of dedicated artists.
  4. While more performance views would have been welcome, this is a treat no balletomane can afford to miss.
  5. Tavernier's documentary about the famed Paris Opera Ballet is itself a graceful thing, a fleet-footed yet substantial examination of what it means to devote one's life to the art of dance.
  6. Reviewed by: Clive Barnes
    50
    So it's not only how they dance, or even what they dance, but why they dance. And that makes Tavernier's movie muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious.
  7. Reviewed by: Octavio Roca
    25
    For the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.

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