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Bolshoi Babylon (PG)

Bolshoi Babylon (PG)


A behind-the-scenes look at Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi Theatre as it's rocked by an acid-attack scandal in 2013.

The critical consensus

Documentary shining a light on the legendary but deeply troubled ballet company.

***(*)(*)Nikki Baughan, The List, 04/01/2016

Although it’s good on the drive and neuroses that come with such a potentially short career, you yearn for more dancing.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 06/01/2016

A diverting, television-style documentary but one that promises more than it delivers.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 08/01/2016

Life backstage is portrayed in revealing and intimate detail.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 08/01/2016

This enthralling documentary reveals the extraordinary upheavals at the Bolshoi Ballet as the tip of Russia’s rage iceberg.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/01/2016

It only really succeeds in uncovering parts of the story and doesn’t make forceful enough connections with the wider political culture with which the Bolshoi is indelibly linked.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/01/2016

The Bolshoi may look beautiful from the stalls, but this documentary reveals it as a tinderbox of broiling personal and political rivalries.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 10/01/2016

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Monday January 25, 2016, until Thursday January 28, 2016. More info:

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