Review: Ballet 422, 2015, dir. Jody Lee Lipes

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“In Ballet 422, director Jody Lee Lipes does something remarkable: He cuts himself out of the equation entirely. He’s barely a fly on the wall in his own documentary, which chronicles New York City Ballet soloist and choreographer Justin Peck’s attempt to architect the company’s 422nd production. Lipes’ approach to capturing his subjects is about as modest as humanly possible, though describing his resultsas “modest” would be totally unfair. Ballet 422 lacks the traditional hallmarks of most standard documentary films, eschewing talking head interviews and recurring streams of title cards crafted to hand-hold the audience through learning, and that’s what makes it such a gem.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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