UMass Boston Film Series: Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse poster
Event Date: September 26, 2012 - 8 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Campus Center Ballroom
Event Cost: Free


Celebrated documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women, the Crazy Horse Paris. This legendary Parisian cabaret, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become over the years the Parisian nightlife ‘must’ for locals as well as any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Wiseman’s impeccable eye allows us to enter into this intriguing international temple of the Parisian cabaret world and to discover what makes the Crazy Horse tick: elegance, perfectionism and a grueling schedule (with 2 shows a night and 3 on Saturdays, 7 days a week). The film follows the rehearsals and performances for a new show DÉSIRS staged by Philippe Decouflé, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and the various issues involved in the planning of the show and the administration of the cabaret. The show DÉSIRS is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful spectacle that is the pinnacle of ‘nude chic’.

A Q&A with filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will follow the free screening.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.