Aroview: A captivating meditation on the arts from prolific documentarian Frederick Wiseman, whose decades observing the inner workings of American institutions has brought him to this rare foreign subject matter: the world class Paris Opera ballet, and the performers, choreographers, and administrators behind the prestigious dance company.
As with all of Wiseman’s documentaries, this takes on the sparest of forms; the camera simply observing its subjects in situ, and without the embellishment of narration or exposition. Thus, the art and institution of ballet is presented in its purest, if not most fragile form, in which the existence and relevance of classical dance is brought into sharp relief while also being treated with the utmost appreciation and respect. Though this in itself is not nearly as hard-hitting as some of Wiseman’s more famous examinations, we’re certain viewers will feel both enchanted and stimulated by this latest work, whether ballet fans or not.
NB: Wiseman’s extensive back catalogue of documentaries is currently not available to libraries such as AroVideo, due to exclusive distribution in the USA.
1 star (Turkey) Much lacking the embellishment of narrative and exposistion. I guess random footage including some bloke doing a bit of plastering creates the feeling of an insiders view but even my ballet fan partner couldn't manage 2 hours and 40 mins.~Leighton