The Company

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

- Let her do what she has to do.

Remember we had that girl that

used to come in an hour beforehand?

- She's not doing the roles that I...

- But look at Margot Fonteyn...

Margot Fonteyn.

Robert knew her very well.

I knew her too but not as well

as Robert. We hear you.

You know, she was a dame.

Do you have anything else you want

to talk about before we finish?

Actually I'd like to talk about

the ballet Light Rain.

It's a great ballet, but I feel some

of the footwork is too fast.

- Like the jete, jete, step...

- So you don't want to be in?

Well, it's just that I look

like I'm working in it.

- Deborah, we hear you doll.

- We just wanted you to be first.

Thank you.

And I feel honored.

Where'd you get this salad?

It's terrible.

Who can do it?

Watch on walking lady lift,

the position of his arms...

She's not horizontal to the floor.

They may not be doing it perfectly...

This is the danger point for you.

Don't let that leg bobble.

Why don't we try that.


Try without music. Let's just do a

little ronde de jambe preparation.

And attitude...

And ronde de jambe...

And up... more fragile in

the legs. Whoops.

Alec, can you give us a hand?

Have you been watching this lift?

The objective is to get her a bit

removed from your body...

And at a bit of a diagonal rather

than parallel to the floor.

Let me see how you would hold

her to accomplish that.

- Lf you stayed to the side...

- Fairly lower on her hip.


You know what the difference is?

He's locking his elbow in here.

Try it with music

and we'll see what we've got.

Mark, you're going to work with

Amanda and Willy.

And I would like to have

the four ladies over here.

Alright, Mark.

We're getting ready to start

from the fourth movement...

Take your places lease.

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