Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse

A scene from CRAZY HORSE, a film by Frederick Wiseman. Picture courtesy Zipporah Films. All rights reserved.

Crazy Horse (2011/2012)

Opened: 01/18/2012 Limited

Film Forum/NYC01/18/2012 - 02/07/201221 days
Kendall Square...01/27/2012 - 02/02/20127 days
The Nuart02/03/2012 - 02/09/20127 days
Cinema Village...02/10/2012 - 03/01/201221 days
Downtown Indep...02/10/2012 - 02/23/201214 days
Music Box Thea...02/24/2012 - 03/01/20127 days

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Genre: Documentary (English and French w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


Celebrated documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women: THE CRAZY HORSE.

Over the years this legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become, the Parisian nightlife 'must' for any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre.

Wiseman's impeccable eye allows us to enter into this intriguing international temple of the Parisian club world and to discover what makes the Crazy Horse tick: elegance, perfectionism and a grueling schedule (with two shows a night and three on Saturdays, seven days a week).

The film follows the rehearsals and performances for a new show called "DESIRS," staged by Philippe Decoufle, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and also the various issues involved in the planning of the show and the administration of the club. The show DESIRS is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful spectacle that is the pinnacle of 'nude chic.'

Select Festivals

  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Camden International Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Olympia Film Festival