The Paris Opera

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France | 2016 | 110 minutes | Jean-Stéphane Bron

January 19 - 21, 2018

Spend a season amid the backstage hustle and bustle of The Paris Opera in this captivating chronicle that shines a spotlight on the complex army of collaborators who make one of the most prestigious performing-arts institutions in the world possible.

Jean-Stephane Bron's enjoyable documentary about the Paris Opera's 2015-16 season begins with the Meistersinger prelude, bubbling forth as technicians raise the tricouleur above the Bastille Opera house. It's an image arrestingly fraught with European cultural history: what would Wagner have thought? Or de Gaulle? Bron's editing communicates several facts upfront: uniquely, the company has two major stages and a ballet troupe equaling its opera troupe in prestige. Conscious of accusations of elitism, it also makes available a large number of discounted tickets. We also gather that all's not well with the tenure of Benjamin Millepied, the ballet troupe's celebrity leader, recently returned from America.

  • Original Language Title: L’Opera
  • Director: Jean-Stéphane Bron
  • Principal Cast: Stéphane Lissner, Benjamin Millepied
  • Country: France, Switzerland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Producer: Philippe Martin, David Thion
  • Screenplay: Jean-Stéphane Bron
  • Cinematographers: Blaise Harrison
  • Music: Benjamin Millepied
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  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes