A review of the cinema broadcast of the Royal Ballet's 'Giselle' by Louise Levene in The Telegraph.
The chief risk with any dance film is that the director’s roving eye will not focus on the moments that matter. A solo is straightforward enough, but the kind of ensemble playing found in the opening scenes of The Nutcracker, say, or the brothel scene in Manon can make it hard to know where to look. However, director Ross McGibbon’s pan-and-scan of Giselle hardly missed a trick. Most importantly, he was willing to sacrifice the occasional establishing shot in order to close in on Osipova’s remarkable performance.