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  • Summary: Peter Brook is one of the world's most respected and revolutionary directors of contemporary theatre. To help his actors achieve extraordinary performances, he has a special exercise, called "the Tightrope," which evolved over decades of experimentation and practice into a process of transformation that makes theatre real and new for actor and audience alike. In this quietly eloquent and unique film, director Simon Brook, Peter's son, reveals how the Tightrope works its dramatic alchemy. [First Run Features] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 28, 2014
    Brook offers himself as a teacher whose goal is to help his students discover brief, ephemeral moments of bliss.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 30, 2014
    The way the tightrope works is vague, but what the exercise shows is straightforward and marvelous.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 30, 2014
    Simon Brook used five hidden cameras, and the audience has a sense of witnessing intimate moments rather than watching a performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Jan 30, 2014
    There’s no doubting Brook and the performers’ commitment to their craft, even if the end result is somewhat repetitive.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 11, 2014
    Frustratingly devoid of any background information about the director’s storied career, the film is ultimately repetitive and tedious.
  6. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Apr 10, 2014
    So instructional is the film, directed by Brook's son, Simon, that it feels like one of those P90X or Insanity home fitness programs: Try this at home. You too can perform on stage.