Company, The (2003)

Original Title : Company, The
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : Neve Campbell
Barbara Turner
Barbara Turner
Genre : Drama
Country : Germany
Language : English
Music : Van Dyke Parks
Photography : Andrew Dunn
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, some nudity and sexual content.
IMDB ID : 0335013
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┬Neve Campbell Ry
┬Malcolm McDowell Alberto Antonelli
┬James Franco Josh
┬Barbara E. Robertson Harriet (as Barbara Robertson
┬William Dick Edouard
┬Susie Cusack Susie
┬Marilyn Dodds Frank Ry's Mother
┬John Lordan Ry's Father
┬Mariann Mayberry Stepmother
┬Rick Peeples Stepfather (as Roderick Peeples
┬Yasen Peyankov Justin's Mentor
┬Deborah Dawn Deborah
┬John Gluckman John
┬David Gombert Justin
┬Suzanne L. Prisco Suzanne
┬Domingo Rubio Domingo
┬Emily Patterson Noel
┬Maia Wilkins Maia
┬Sam Franke Frankie
┬Trinity Hamilton Trinity
┬Julianne Kepley Julianne
┬Valerie Robin Veronica
┬Deanne Brown Dana
┬Michael Smith Michael
┬Matthew Roy Prescott Colton
┬Lar Lubovitch The Choreographer
┬Robert Desrosiers The Choreographer
┬Charthel Arthur The Ballet Mistress
┬Cameron Basden The Ballet Mistress
┬Mark Goldweber The Ballet Master
┬Pierre Lockett The Ballet Master
┬Davis C. Robertson Alec (as Davis Robertson
┬Adam Sklute The Ballet Master
┬Heather Aagard The Company
┬Michael Anderson The Company
┬Erica Lynette Edwards The Company
┬Jennifer Goodman The Company
┬Stacy Joy Keller The Company
┬Calvin Kitten The Company
┬Peter Kozak The Company
┬Britta Lazenga The Company
┬Michael Levine The Company
┬Brian McSween The Company
┬Elizabeth Mertz The Company
┬Masayoshi Onuki The Company
┬Samuel Pergande The Company
┬Willy Shives The Company
┬Erin Smith The Company
┬Kathleen Thielhelm The Company
┬Mauro Villanueva The Company
┬Yukari Yasui The Company
┬Tristan Alberda The Apprentice
┬Bobby Briscoe The Apprentice
┬Orlando Julius Canova The Apprentice
┬Angelina Sansone The Apprentice
┬Jacqueline Sherwood The Apprentice
┬Jessica Wyatt The Apprentice
┬Michael Andrew Currey Stage Manager
┬Katherine Selig Stage Manager
┬Paul Lewis Company Pianist
┬Julie O'Connell Physical Therapist
┬George Darveris Production Manager
┬Marc Grapey Toast Master
┬Keith Prisco Bridegroom
┬Emma Harrison Neo Waitress
┬Dwayne Whitmore Neo Bouncer
┬Danny McCarthy Bartender
┬Robert Breuler Barfly
┬Larry Glazer Grant Park Cellist
┬Mark Hummel Grant Park Pianist
┬Kevin Scott Greer Ballet Fan (uncredited


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.


The director should stick with the mumbling, overlapping dialogue of his great films. `Do you wanna dance?'Do you want a documentary or a drama?I can't figure out if Roberts Altman in `The Company' wanted to do a documentary about Chicago's famed Joffrey Ballet Company, use Joffrey to show generic ballet business, or film a drama about love and injury in the highly romantic and sensual setting of a ballet company.I know he excelled at showing country music in `Nashville' and failed at depicting the fashion business in `Ready to Wear,' so I can't rely on a perfect score to weigh the answers about making `The Company.' To be sure, the individual ballet performances are impressive but unsatisfactory if Altman has a purpose other than documenting.Does anyone believe that a popped Achilles' heel or losing a spot in the company because of a lack of talent are so exceptional in ballet as to be a pivotally dramatic? Does Alberto Antonelli (Malcolm McDowell), the company's artistic director, seem familiar as the stereotypical tyrant genius? However, the moments of Altman's genius are still here: qConsider Neve Campbell as talented ballerina `Ry' (believable considering she trained in real life for a Canadian company) performing a duet outdoors while a storm threatens to shut down the show. She is calm, and Altman moves his camera from her to storm to audience to technicians to Antonelli in a collaborative montage that puts Orson Welles' `Citizen Kane' opera sequence to shame.Unfortunately, Campbell does not create the enthusiastic response Moira Shearer did in `Red Shoes' (or even the Oscar-nominated Leslie Browne of `Turning Point'). qConsider also Ry playing solitary pool while future lover Josh (James Franco) longingly watches her from behind the glass of a telephone booth. This is sexy without sex. qConsider finally Josh the chef making an omelet for Ry with close ups of him cutting the veggies rather than taking her clothes off.Altman cuts to dancers in red for a nice symbolic suggestion of connection. These are scenes by the understating, allegorical Altman, where real people like McCabe and Mrs. Miller talk or don't talk in real language redolent with subtext.The director should stick with the mumbling, overlapping dialogue of his great films (recently, for example, the upstairs/downstairs banter of `Gosford Park') and forget the sweeping overview of abstractions like dancing and fashion. Havelock Ellis described the marriage of dance and drama:`Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life, it is life itself.' Altman missed the `life' point. I gained little insight into the art of dancing but gleaned a few moments of humanity off stage.That's where the director belongs.
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