In what the New York Times describes as “One of the finest dance films ever made,” Wiseman reveals the on and off-stage dramas of one of the world’s great dance companies.
This transfixing portrait immerses us in action with much time devoted to the renowned Paris Opera’s practice studios, as dancers rehearse for the upcoming season. Their tireless perfecting of technique and astounding talent is captured in thrillingly sustained takes. Pirouettes and jetés
fill the screen, before the dancers pause, catch their breath, and start again. We then become the privileged spectators of company performances of Nureyev’s The Nutcracker
and Pina Bausch’s Orpheus and Eurydice
, among others. As Wiseman invites us to experience the inner workings of dance, he also reveals the mechanisms necessary to maintaining this grand institution – which require inspired creativity of another kind.
Complement your in-cinema viewing of It Takes Time: Ten Films by Frederick Wiseman
with a Wiseman Masterclass
, hosted for a limited time on ACMI’s online platform, Cinema 3.