Dancers in motion, limbs, joints. Suite Saint-Sans and a glimpse of the great company. The great outdoor scene placing this all on point as a gradual depiction on film of a live performance. Lightning, wind and rain (blown leaves) convey the physical drama
The film tries to depict life in and around a professional ballet company. The characters, the art, the trials, the heartache, the poverty of the artist. It's obvious that Altman and writer/actress Campbell aimed at giving the film a fly on the wall style documentary look. However if this is what the intention of the film was why attempt a fictional piece, why not film a documentary.
The camera work and cinematography, by Andrew Dunn deserves a mention. It is superb in capturing the dance scenes, but if this was the point of the film why not just shoot a ballet.
Apparently, Campbell wrote the story, which I find very hard to believe, as there clearly wasn’t one! I waited over an hour, one hour nine minutes and twelve seconds -believe me I counted, for anything of any significance to happen; the principal dancer tears her achilles. Altman is a brilliant director, but he just seemed to be absent from this film.
If it's ballet you want i would suggest... you go to the ballet. ?
Neve Campbell (Scream)
and Malcolm Macdowell (Clockwork Orange).
Robert Altman (MASH, Prt-a-Porter, Short Cuts, The Player)