I was surprised that no comments (so far) have compared this to Frederick Wiseman's (1995) "Ballet," which was a real documentary about a ballet company. Then I discovered that Ballet has too few votes to even post them. Oh well.
I think the difference is that this one is more like a movie, more selected, with even hints of a plot. But it is basically a polished-up documentary about the Joffrey company, with some actors but mostly dancers. (And at least one actress dancing, Campbell.) The dance sequences, for the most part, were REALLY good, and the photography of them made them even better. Like Wiseman's movie, this one shows some of the things that aren't part of the staging, such as injuries. But Wiseman dwells on these things, while Altman simply acknowledges them. Anyway, I liked both.
2 out of 2 found this helpful