Exclusive Columbus engagement!
Frederick Wiseman, 2011
Wexner Center members receive free admission to select screenings at the Gateway Film Center, located in the South Campus Gateway. The films are selected (and often introduced) by Wex curators. Don’t forget to bring your Wex member ID card to show at the Gateway’s box office.
“Crazy Horse is a study of artistic process that is itself a work of art, and, as such, a reminder of what a documentary can be.”—A. O. Scott, New York Times
“[Frederick Wiseman is] arguably the most brilliant, brave, and innovative documentary filmmaker working today.”—Los Angeles Times
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman follows up his surprise hit film Le Danse – The Paris Opera Ballet by pulling back the curtain on Paris’s Crazy Horse cabaret, the most famous nude dance show in the world. The legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernadin, combines burlesque, choreography, and spectacle in a way that is designed not only for the enjoyment of men, but also couples. Over the years it has become a Parisian nightlife “must” for visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Wiseman’s impeccable eye finds the Crazy Horse a uniquely French showcase, with an exacting emphasis on elegance, perfectionism, and a grueling schedule ( open 7 days a week, with 2 shows a night and 3 on Saturdays). The film shows us the rehearsals for and the unveiling of the brand new show – Désir – created by the renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouffle. (134 mins., digital presentation)