|BOLSHOI BABYLON (director: Nick Read/Mark Franchetti; cinematographer: Nick Read; editors: Jay Taylor/David Charap; music: Smiths & Elm; cast: Maria Alexandrova, Sergei Filin, Vladimir Urin, Anastasiya Meskova; Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mark Franchetti/Vera Obolonkina /Vanessa Tovell; HBO; 2015)|
|"A behind-the-scenes look at
Moscow's renown Bolshoi Theatre."
by Dennis Schwartz
art-culture documentary. It's a
behind-the-scenes look at Moscow's renown Bolshoi
Theatre as it's upset by a headline report of an
acid-attack scandal in 2013. Brit director Nick
Read and Mark Franchetti
("The Condemned") are co-directors, as the Bolshoi
allows them backstage access and filming
privileges for the first time.
For me, the film arouses little interest and has
little drama, but its images are stunning. It should
serve ballet fans better than non-fans.
The story is effectively told through interviews, court footage and backstage glances of rehearsals and performances. It covers the nasty incident in January 2013, where the then artistic director of the Bolshoi, Sergei Filin, had acid thrown on his face by a masked attacker. Within a few months, a soloist in the troupe, Pavel Dmitrichenko, admitted to having arranged the attack — he said he believed that Mr. Filin was professionally against him and his girlfriend — and was sentenced to six years in prison.
REVIEWED ON 12/30/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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