Directed by Nick Read and Mark Franchetti
Starring Anatoliy Iksanov, Maria Alexandrova, Maria Allash, Sergei Filin and Anastasiya Meskova
A behind-the-scenes look at Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi Theatre as it's rocked by an acid-attack scandal in 2013.
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★★★★ review by Juan Carlos Ojano on Letterboxd
Much more complex than it initially appears, though it does have tendencies to lose focus. Delves in intrigue, examines it w/ gusto.
★★★½ review by Alicia on Letterboxd
When the Bolshoi Ballet danced in Tokyo a few weeks ago, I was one of the excited faces in the audience. It was my first time to watch a ballet performance by the world renown Bolshoi Ballet Company. The performance was so beautiful and enchanting, and I fell in love. At the time, I didn't know there was so much conflict behind the scenes.
There seemed to be so much conflict between not only the dancers, but management as well.
Perhaps I was the only person in that hall who didn't remember the horrible occurrence of Sergei Filin, but I innocently just enjoyed the beautiful performance in front of me. However, even if I had I known about all this corruption before watching the ballet performance, I think I still would've been entranced by their performance because the dance and art itself is still something I respect and was amazed by.
★★★★ review by Gregory Wood on Letterboxd
insightful 'insider' doc
★★★½ review by Second_Pencil on Letterboxd
Beautifully shot and put together. This documentary moves forward all the time whilst still being able to throw in some stunning ballet sequences. I would say this is perfectly judged.
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