Watch: The Company 2003 123movies, Full Movie Online – An inside look at the world of ballet. With the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Altman follows the stories of the dancers, whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close, as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Campbell plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe, with McDowell the company’s co-founder and artistic director, considered one of America’s most exciting choreographers. Franco plays Campbell’s boyfriend and one of the few characters not involved in the world of dance..
Plot: Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer who’s poised to become a principal performer.
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A Dance of a Movie about Dance
The DVD extras with some movies make the film seem better than it did just watching it. “The Company” is a good example.
I’d wondered, briefly, why star Neve Campbell also got producer credit. The DVD ‘making of’ documentary explains that the whole project was her idea; she’d been a dancer long before she took up acting, and wanted to combine the two. She chose Altman to direct, because of his skill at portraying relations and interactions among people in groups.
Altman did a fine job depicting dance, both rehearsals and performances. Campbell showed she can still dance. Malcolm McDowell gave a great performance as the acerbic company director. The Joffrey dancers were brilliant. Altman has created a dazzling cinematic album of what the world of dance is like at the beginning of the 21st century.
But the story arc was weak. This was no accident. In a recent (October 2004) interview, Altman said:
Question: “Why do you think you’re drawn to stories about big groups of people sharing the same space? Did it have anything to do with growing up in such a large, close-knit family?”
Robert Altman: “Possibly. I don’t know. That’s a little too cerebral for me. I’m not much interested in stories anyway. I’m more interested in reactive behavior.”
That sums up “The Company” very nicely. The movie is a montage of scenes of “reactive behavior” among realistic characters, and in this it is more like real life than a more structured story would have been.
Of course there is some story structure here, involving the creation of a new dance. This story is engaging, because the outside choreographer is a fey flake, and dance disaster seems foredoomed. But the dancers, being good soldiers, follow his orders diligently. And despite all expectations, at least all of my expectations, their climactic performance is superb.
But this story is not central to the movie. Again like life, it unfolds amidst all sorts of other organizational and interpersonal drama.
And for this reason the movie left me unsatisfied. Part of what I look for in movies, and in books, is a story arc: a beginning, a middle, and an end. I look for this precisely because life is rarely that neat. Many directors deliver this arc (and many more try to, and fail). Robert Altman chose not to try. He is free to do that, and I am free to rate this movie 7/10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Genre Drama, Music, Romance
Director Robert Altman
Writer Neve Campbell, Barbara Turner
Actors Neve Campbell, James Franco, Malcolm McDowell
Country United States, Germany, United Kingdom
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS (8 channels)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Sony CineAlta HDW-F900, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,069 m (Switzerland)
Negative Format Video (HD)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDCAM (1080p/24) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision Premier 2393)