The Company

January 2, 2014 at 8:00 am | Posted in Ballet Review, DVD Review | Leave a comment
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I watched the DVD of The Company and I enjoyed it.

This Robert Altman film is about a ballet ‘company’, not the CIA.

In the film, Neve Campbell (playing dancer Loretta ‘Ry’ Ryan) joins the Joffrey Ballet (playing itself), and the audience is given a view of a top professional company – at rehearsal, performing, and the lives of the dancers. It is like watching a smoothly scripted version of La Danse.

The dance – classical ballet and neo-classical ballet – sequences are great.

Campbell trained until she was 15 at the National Ballet School of Canada, before switching to acting. She fits into the Company fairly smoothly, and it is through her character that we see the Company at work, and at play. [Apparently she trained for months – daily private lessons and six weeks with the Joffrey Company – to prepare for the role.]

Campbell also co-wrote and produced.

Malcolm McDowell and James Franco – in non-dancing roles – provide support.

A must see for balletomanes.

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