Posted February 28, 2012 by Ed Goldberg
Crazy Horse (Documentary)
Director: Frederick Wiseman
This is not a film about the Lakota chief, but the Paris cabaret. The lure of the place is, unabashedly, nude dancing.
Wiseman, an honored and serious documentarian, here turns his lens on the famous/notorious club. We get to see the beautiful young women, chosen for their gorgeous bodies as well as their talent, but we also see the nuts and bolts of the operation.
The club management is beholden to their stockholders, and long discussions occur about how to serve both art and commerce. We get some idea of the grueling rehearsals, and the artistic integrity of the dancers and the creative staff.
The choreography is beautiful and exacting, the production values excellent, the dancers serious and disciplined, and the film is finally a lesson about eroticism without sleaze. There is an undercurrent of fun and humor in the set pieces that avoids being dirty. One may go to Pigalle for that kind of show. The Crazy Horse specializes in being sexy and not sexual. This is Paris, after all, and the patrons expect a show with nude dancers, not naked girls.
Am I making too much of a case that this is not a dirty movie? I hope so.