2hrs 50mins
Directed by
Frederick Wiseman

Featuring a conversation between Frederick Wiseman and Free Solo director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.

Ballet is a profile of the American Ballet Theatre, an important classical ballet company. The film presents the company in rehearsal in their New York studio and on tour in Athens and Copenhagen. Choreographers, ballet masters and mistresses are shown at work with principal dancers, soloists and the corps de ballet. Other sequences involve the administration and fundraising aspects of the company.

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An eloquent statement about the crucial role of art in bringing extra dimensions to our lives.

Review Author
John J. O'Connor
Review Publication
New York Times
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Ballet, in its characteristic unadorned, unsentimentalized manner, remains unique, and its portrait of ballet dancers at work has no parallel.

Review Author
Alan M. Kriegsman
Review Publication
The Washington Post
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Wiseman remains transfixed by the rigorous and highly traditional notion of beauty that the workers are trying to honor.

Review Author
The New Yorker

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