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THE COMPANY is "a completely new kind of film" raves Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times, a fascinating look at the world of dance, with the cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Legendarydirector and Oscar(r) nominee Robert Altman (2001 Best Director, Best Picture, Gosford Park; 1975 Best Director, Best Picture, Nashville), takes us into the world of the dancers whose professional and personal lives clash as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Neve Campbell (Scream, TV's "Party of Five") plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe. Golden Globe(r) winner James Franco (Spider-Man, TV's "James Dean") co-stars as Campbell's boyfriend, a master chef who provides romance and refuge from the watchful eye of the pompous artistic director played by Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).

Special Features

  • "The Passion of Dance" featurette
  • "The Making of The Company" featurette
  • Isolated dance sequences from the film
  • Extended dance sequence

Product Details

  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Neve Campbell, James Franco
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Producers: Neve Campbell, Robert Altman, David Levy, Joshua Astrachan, Christine Vachon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAOPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Company" on IMDb

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 18, 2004
Format: DVD
Directed by Robert Altman, this film is about a year in the life of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, which is the true star of the film. It also stars Neve Campbell, who wrote and produced it as well, and it was surely an act of love on her part. Even though she was originally trained as a dancer, she still had to train for three months, seven hours a day before even beginning to train with the company, which took another few months before shooting began. She is a wonderful dancer and The Company brings this all out.

This is not a film about one person though. And it is not a film with lots of interlocking stories. Basically, it is a film about the creative process itself, and how an idea gets turned into an elaborate work of art. It's hard to get the feel of this onto the screen. But Mr. Altman is a master in making sure it all come together.

It takes more than hard work to be a member of the company. It takes talent, dedication and pain and there are a few shots of the dancers' feet that made my own corns and calluses seem like nothing. Malcolm McDowell is cast as the artistic director and he is terrific. He's eccentric and moody and wonderfully creative as he has an intuitive understanding of how a new ballet will all come together in performance. Most of the dancing shows the new and experimental although there is no doubt that the company is classically trained.

There are a few small stories, but all of them just add to understanding of the company as a whole. For example, there is a romance between Neve Campbell and James Franco, cast as a young chef. This story is basically used to underscore the demanding life of the ballerina, which forces her to also work as a waitress in order to support herself.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jana L.Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2004
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I love ballet! I love good dance in general. So watching Robert Altman's "The Company" was 112 minutes of pure bliss. Altman takes us onstage, and off-stage, for a look at the world of dance, dancers, choreographers, set and costume designers and a ballet director, Alberto Antonelli, played wonderfully well by Malcolm McDowell. Actress Neve Campbell, best known for her roles in horror flicks, was trained for years in classical ballet. She is absolutely beautiful, and an extraordinarily lithe, exciting dancer. (No more scary movies Neve!!). It is obvious that she has put a lot of herself into this film. Not only does she play a major role, but she co-wrote and co-produced the movie. She did all of her own dancing, and seems to fit right in with the professional dancers from the Joffrey Ballet Troupe of Chicago, which is featured here.

The film is loosely structured and documentary-like. The viewer gets a fly on the wall look at a dancer's life as Altman takes us behind the scenes, up close and personal. We watch both the professional and personal - from the grueling physical toll of constant practice to brilliant performances. The dancers' effort to perfect their mastery of dance is totally honest, and this artistic honesty really makes the film as special as a live performance. There are some spectacular dance performances throughout, with splendid colors, electric energy, creative costumes, and wonderful footwork which showcase the Joffrey Ballet Company. There's an opening modern piece where dancers leap across the stage with streamers, that is just fabulous. In another sequence a ballerina dances on and around a swing. Altman's camera emphasizes her grace and elegance, and this is one of the movie's high points for me.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Scientist Girl on April 17, 2005
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As a former dancer and one who participated in many performances, I have to admit this movie was like a living memory for me. I think, for a person to truly enjoy and appreciate this movie, they have to have either been involved in the performing arts at one point in their life, or have a deep appreciation for what the performing arts really are.

The manner in which this movie was filmed, makes one feel as though they are a member of the Joffery Ballet, themselves, living the life a dancer lives. There is a fluid, active plot, that is true to life as it occurs. This movie will be lost on mainstream movie-goers who need high action, intricately over involved plot lines and theaterics. That is why we have Hollywood. This film, reminds us, why we have the arts. It is a painful, draining devotion both on the body and the emotions, but we continue to do it because we are in love with it, and are addicted to the incredible result we get.

It is the subtleties that makes this movie great. The arrogance of the ballet's director, and the veteran dancers. The flakiness and brilliance of the choreographers. The part where Neve Campbell's character goes home after her big performance in the beginning and bursts into tears while drawing a bath. The girls discussing their nausea while learning to perform the dance piece on the swing. The dancers crowding into small apartments to find a place to live. The subtlety in the different ways a dancer movies his or her hips or defies gravity in their jumps that makes them superior to other dancers in the corps..

The performances that are filmed are what make the Joffery Ballet superb. The mixture of modern dance and classical ballet. This is a fantastic film, and anyone who truly KNOWS the performing arts, will understand it as that.
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