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The Paris Opera


2017, Jean Stéphane Bron, Switzerland/France, 110 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 3rd 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 3rd 6:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 4th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 4th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Nov 5th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 6th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 8th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 9th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"A well-observed vérité portrait of a major cultural institution." — Sheri Linden, LA Times

The Palais Garnier, the beaux-arts beauty of a palace more familiarly known worldwide as the Paris Opera, gives up its secrets and behind-the-scenes dramas in this multi-faceted documentary filmed over the tumultuous 2015-16 first season of new director Stéphane Lissner. Filmmaker Bron covers the season’s breaking news, including several internal labor strikes, a terrorist attack that impacts the shows, and the controversial departure of acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied, but also teases out the small scenarios — stagehands trying to wrangle a 1,200-pound live bull for a performance of "Moses and Aaron," or a panting ballerina collapsing in the wings after a solo. Weaving through this big-picture portrait is the narrative of a talented teenage Russian bass-baritone who is followed from his first audition through the culture shock of his adjustment at the opera school. In French, English, German, and Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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