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Crazy Horse


Frederick Wiseman

CRAZY HORSE follows the rehearsals and performances of the Crazy Horse Paris for a new show, DÉSIRS, staged by Philippe Decouflé, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and the various issues involved in the planning of the show and the administration of the cabaret. The show DÉSIRS is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful spectacle that is the pinnacle of ‘nude chic’.

Festivals & Awards

Venice International Film Festival 2011

Toronto International Film Festival 2011

BFI’s London International Film Festival 2011

San Sebastian 2011

New York Film Festival 2011



“Like a flock of rare birds preening their splendorous plumage, the perfectly proportioned dancers at Paris’ mythic Crazy Horse cabaret reapply their cherry red lipstick and dust their nearly naked bodies with iridescent powder before taking to the stage. These are among the stolen moments that make up “Crazy Horse”…The film is packed with beautifully shot images of the dance numbers: Topless girls covered with leopard spots gyrate around the bars of their faux lion’s den; others, seen only as shadows, gleefully disrobe, glove by glove and stocking by stocking.”

–Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press


“Frederick Wiseman brilliantly reveals the inner workings of Paris’ Crazy Horse nightclub and the artful nude dancers who perform there.”

–Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times


“Substance, captured with style…”Crazy Horse” is a study of artistic process that is itself a work of art, and, as such, a reminder of what a documentary can be.”

–A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Original title: Crazy Horse

Production: Zipporah Films

Nationality: USA

Year of production: 2011

Running time: 134'

Language: French




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