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Not to freak out the freedom fries crowd, but it has to be said: Everything is prettier in France. Seriously. We have election squabbles a year before voting booths open; they have who-knows-how-many glorious revolutions every 100 years. We live in our offices; they get mandatory 35-hour workweeks and five weeks of vacation. We have grind-and-go strip clubs; they have elaborate cabarets where women cultivate artistry with every swing of the pole. On that last note, see Crazy Horse. Frederick Wiseman’s highly acclaimed documentary focuses the lens on grueling practice sessions at Le Crazy, a legendary “chic nude” revue in Paris that is as much about naked bodies as it is about painstaking choreography, athleticism, and ambitious creative vision. The film follows choreographer and director Philippe Decouflé’s process as he revamps the show into a new, incredibly elaborate production called “Desirs.”
Sat., Feb. 25, 3, 5:30, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 26, 3, 5:30, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2012


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