Pierre, a professional dancer, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the ... See full summary »
German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.
It is not a precise depiction of the workings of the Opéra de Paris. We mostly see scenes of Dupont performing, rehearsing, talking about her career and telephoning the babysitter. She is beautiful, the ballet sequences are exquisite, the direction is understated. You see her perform in La Dame aux Camélias, Le Parc, Raymonda, and a little in Swan Lake. This film works so well because it fails to emphasize the "star" aspect of its subject. Instead the camera dwells on hesitations and doubts during the rehearsals, her anxiety while waiting to make her entrance, and a few astonishing moments of choreography. It includes footage of her dancing at the age of twelve. At one point she mentions that the normal age of retirement is 42, and wonders what she will do after. The relationship between the dancers, and between the dancers and trainers is very poignant. See it.
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