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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
Film
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  The Company cinematronic
  director

Robert Altman

cast

Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco

year

2003

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  Here comes yet another different sort of movie from director Robert Altman, whose previous release was the sly British murder mystery/comedy of manners "Gosford Park." Altman's "The Company" is a wonderful dramatization that surveys the inner workings of Chicago's acclaimed Joffrey Ballet over the course of one season. Equally adept at eviscerating show-biz insiders ("The Player"), chronicling the lives of losers ("California Split") or dabbling in small-town whimsy ("Cookie's Fortune"), Altman gets a little more upbeat with "The Company." He uses a digital video camera to shoot actual Joffrey members in rehearsal and performance and to track the progress of ballerina-on-the-rise Ry. She's played by saucy, pretty Neve Campbell ("Scream"), a former ballet dancer who needed no stunt double to keep up with the pros. Elements of her struggle (arduous hours of training, low wages necessitating a part-time waitress gig, personal life on hold) are documented, but Altman doesn't forget numerous others striving to make a career in classical dance. He also observes choreographers and administrators as they go about their jobs. It's truly fascinating, with inspired dance sequences and a documentary vibe that feels like eavesdropping. And Malcolm McDowell is terrific and believable as the demanding boss of the Joffrey.  
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