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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2014, Jody Lee Lipes, USA, 75 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 24th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 25th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 25th 4:30pm
  • Sun, Apr 26th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 27th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 28th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 29th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 30th 6:00pm
Plays In: Movie Club
Movie Club with Gerard Charles and Nicolas Blanc of The Joffrey Ballet on Tuesday!

“Short, vigorous and charming.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Exhilarating...a delight for balletophiles.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety

A corrective to pop-culture portraits of ballet as an overheated arena of backstage psychodramas presided over by sadistic taskmasters, BALLET 422 finds more than enough drama in the nuts and bolts of the creative process. The film focuses on Justin Peck, a low-ranking but conspicuously talented 25-year-old dancer in the New York City Ballet who is given the extraordinary opportunity to create a new ballet--the 422nd in the company’s fabled history. Using the classic cinéma-vérité approach of direct observation without narration or interviews, director Lipes draws upon his skills as a top indie cinematographer (TINY FURNITURE, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE) to provide an authentic and often visually stunning step-by-step account of the painstaking collaborative effort that goes into producing a ballet. DCP digital. (MR)

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