Robert Altman

The Company

Altman’s near-plotless, almost documentary-style account of the creation of a ballet production is one of the great dance movies.

Image from The Company

USA-UK-Germany 2003
Dir Robert Altman
With Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago
112min
35mm
Certificate 12A

Altman’s audaciously plotless movie focuses on chronicling a season in the life of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago rather than following the uneventful love-life of dancer Ry (Campbell). Almost documentary-like, the film mostly shows discussions, rehearsals, preparations and performances; indeed, the imaginative combination of colour, composition, movement and music in the dance scenes is as vivid and delicate as a Degas painting.