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Directed by: Robert Altman

Produced: 2003

Countries & Regions: Canada, Germany, United States

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Certificate: 12

Length: 107 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 11 October 2004

Cat No: MP370D

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Languages(s): English
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The Company (Robert Altman)

Cast: Malcolm McDowell , Neve Campbell , James Franco , William Dick , John Lordan , Barbara Robertson , Susie Cusack , Marilyn Dodds Frank , Mariann Mayberry , Roderick Peeples

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Director Robert Altman (’The Player’, ’Gosford Park’) takes an inside look at the world of ballet in this subtle, understated ensemble... Read More

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Director Robert Altman (’The Player’, ’Gosford Park’) takes an inside look at the world of ballet in this subtle, understated ensemble drama. The film, made with the full participation of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, is based on the real-life experiences of actress Neve Campbell, a trained ballerina who performed with the National Ballet of Canada before becoming a professional actress. Campbell stars as Ry, a rising star in the Joffrey ensemble led by flamboyant director Alberto Antonelli (Malcolm McDowell). Ry is struggling with the conflicting demands of being a committed dancer and supporting herself financially as a waitress - as well as beginning a new romance with non-dancer Josh (James Franco). The film premiered at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

After Gosford Park Altman stays on top form with The Company, his look at personal and professional lives inextricably entangled in the pressure cooker of a ballet company. Malcolm MacDowell plays the artistic director, Neve Campbell the dancer on the edge of breakthrough to principal and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the company. Like Guy Maddin’s Dracula earlier this year, Altman gets his camera right in amongst the dancers and produces a filmic record second to none of the exceptional beauty and grace of dance. That is quite enough reason on its own to see this film but McDowell and Campbell both do well to produce good characterisation and story to satisfy the rest of us.

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