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14 March 2001 (France) See more »
ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET celebrates the legacy of one of the best ballet companies in the world by weaving together rehearsals... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Aurélie Dupont ... Les Étoiles
Laurent Hilaire ... Les Étoiles
Nicolas Le Riche ... Les Étoiles
Manuel Legris ... Les Étoiles
José Martinez ... Les Étoiles
Elisabeth Platel ... Les Étoiles
Jean-Guillaume Bart ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Marie-Agnès Gillot ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Clairemarie Osta ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Nathalie Riqué ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Wilfried Romoli ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Céline Talon ... Les Premiers Danseurs
Miteki Kudo ... Corps de Ballet (Sujet)
Sylvain Durand ... Les Pianistes de cours
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Bessy ... La Directrice de l'École de Danse
Maurice Béjart ... Choreographer
Fabrice Calmels ... Student at L'École de Danse l'Opéra de Paris
Jirí Kylian ... Choreographer
Brigitte Lefèvre ... Directrice de la Danse (as Brigitte Lefevre)

Directed by
Nils Tavernier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nils Tavernier 

Produced by
Agathe Berman .... executive producer
Frédéric Bourboulon .... producer
Agnès Le Pont .... producer
Cinematography by
Dominique Le Rigoleur 
Nils Tavernier 
Film Editing by
Florence Ricard 
Production Management
Pierre Carrique .... production manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Christian Fontaine .... sound mixer
Denis Martin .... sound
Hamid Naghibi .... sound mixer
Xavier Piroëlle .... sound (as Xavier Pirroëlle)
Denis Tribalat .... sound (as Denis Triballat)
Stéphane Venet .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Luc Pallet .... first assistant camera
Stéphane Patti .... assistant camera
Eric Philbert .... assistant camera
Emmanuel Pineau .... assistant camera
Vincent Tessier .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Frédéric Casnin .... color timer
Christine Maffre .... assistant editor
Music Department
Collegium Instrumental de Brugges .... orchestra
Sylvain Durand .... composer: additional music "Celtic Folk" and "Adage"
Sylvain Durand .... musician: piano for "Les choses de la vie", "Don Quichotte", "Celtic Falk" and "Adage"
Richard Rodgers .... composer: song "My Funny Valentine"
Other crew
George Balanchine .... choreographer: ballet "Apollon Musagète"
Dominique Baron .... production administrator
Gilles Baron .... choreographer: ballet
Sandrine Brauer .... clearances
Maurice Béjart .... choreographer: ballet "La IXème Symphonie"
Florence Dard .... staff: Little Bear
Pierre Darde .... choreographer: ballet "Orison"
Jirí Kylian .... choreographer: ballet "Doux Mensonges"
Pierre Lacotte .... choreographer: "La Syphide"
Agnès Le Pont .... staff: Little Bear
Veronique Marty .... production assistant
Rudolf Nureyev .... choreographer: ballet "Le Lac des Cygnes" (as Rudolf Noureev)
Timothée Pamart .... staff: Little Bear
Hugues R. Gall .... thanks: Directeur de l'Opéra National de Paris
Muriel Hallé .... thanks: Délégués du ballet
Brigitte Lefèvre .... thanks: Directrice de la Danse (as Brigitte Lefevre)
Laurent Queval .... thanks: Délégués du ballet

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Also Known As:
"Tout près des étoiles: Les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris" - France (original title)
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100 min
Sound Mix:
France:Tous publics | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Better, Further Down the Payscale, 18 December 2009
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Only in France will you have ballerinas who smoke. I came to this after — and because — of a similar dance documentary made similarly for French TeeVee but of classical Russian ballet corps.

This group mixes modern and classical. They are French in the old sense of balancing passion with institutionalized grace. These dancers could have been the stuff of a truly remarkable film. We simply needed more of them, more of them in motion and fewer words.

Making a film is a collaboration, a recipe from many larders. Here you have the performers are real performers seen mostly when not in their performance but the filmmaker's. This is rare. They are inherently full of focused life made physical made visible made accessible. We have a camera operator who is really quite in tune with what is going on. The eye moves, the camera is mobile. It has more than curiosity; it has composition out of minor discoveries; patterns not intended. I liked the camera. The editor understood this and — while not as inspired — accommodated the feel. It is offputting at first, then helps you find the groove.

The thing that destroys this is the director himself. He apparently did not understand what all the creative people around him were doing, so made some obviously bad decisions on what he decided to shoot and include. The overall shape of the thing is a mess. It moves from a backstage exploration to group biographies, to actually photographing some fantastic dance.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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