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'The Paris Opera' - New Documentary

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There's a new documentary about the Paris Opera titled -- surprise! -- The Paris Opera. From the trailers, it looks like there's some overlap between this documentary and Releve. (How many film crews were filming at the same time?)

 

New York Times review with trailer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/movies/the-paris-opera-review.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdance&action=click&contentCollection=dance&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

 

And a different trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IVQ2vzmRA4

 

 

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There is some overlap, but not all that much.  It's split between the opera and ballet, and the focus is Lissner.

 

On the opera side the focuses are on a young Russian bass-baritone in their young artists program and a complicated staging of "Die Meistersinger," in which Michael Kupfer-Radecky replaced Gerald Finley at the very last minute.  The filmmakers also catch Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto from backstage.

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I've seen it when it was released in the cinemas, I don't remember much of what concerns ballet, except perhaps,   a small focus on Sujet Fanny Gorse during Bayadere's run. There is also a longer spot on  Millepied resignation, with a -not very nice- telephone conversation between Lissner and Millepied, and also, Millepied announcing to the whole company he was leaving with absolutely no reaction from the dancers.

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10 hours ago, silvermash said:

 There is also a longer spot on  Millepied resignation, with a -not very nice- telephone conversation between Lissner and Millepied, and also, Millepied announcing to the whole company he was leaving with absolutely no reaction from the dancers.

 

The dance historian in me was interested in this, though it does feel pretty grim.  (saw excerpts, not the whole film)

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Regardless what individuals thought of Millegpied, it is pretty clear from the film, specifically Lissner's comments, that they knew that one of their own would replace him.  Big institutions, especially ones with entrenched habits and bureaucracy, aren't know for their ability to keep secrets for long.

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