The Company

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Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco


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Director Robert Altman explores the world of professional ballet in this 2003 drama. Starring Neve Campbell and Malcolm McDowell, The Company is based on Campbell's own real-life experiences working within a ballet company and features several members of the famed Joffrey Ballet in the roles of dancers. The film is presented on this DVD in widescreen with Dolby…  See more details below


Director Robert Altman explores the world of professional ballet in this 2003 drama. Starring Neve Campbell and Malcolm McDowell, The Company is based on Campbell's own real-life experiences working within a ballet company and features several members of the famed Joffrey Ballet in the roles of dancers. The film is presented on this DVD in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Along with the feature presentation, the disc includes a feature-length audio-commentary track by Altman and Campbell, who attempt to shed additional light on the world of ballet and the film's production. Two featurettes, "The Passion of Dance" and "The Making of the Company," are also included, as are several extended dance sequences from the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Director Robert Altman is back at the top of his game with this paean to the creative process, a film that ostensibly deals with a ballet company but is, in fact, the closest thing to an autobiographical movie Altman has made. It's set in and around the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and the dramatis personae include a promising young dancer named Ry (Neve Campbell); the company's artistic director, Alberto Antonelli (Malcolm McDowell); hard-driving veteran Harriet (Barbara E. Robertson); and Ry's lover, Josh (James Franco). The story unfolds over a year's time, during which the Joffrey undertakes a massive project that neither the director nor the dancers are comfortable with. Little by little, they shape it into something they believe worthwhile, and Altman's cameras are there to pick up their tentative forays in one direction or another. We see how hard the dancers labor: not only does Ry push herself on the dance floor, she also works long hours in a burger joint to make ends meet. And we see how careers can vanish in the twinkling of an eye, as one dancer's Achilles tendon separates during a rehearsal. Perhaps most tellingly, we see how a director guides his performers both on and off the stage. You can see Altman in Antonelli, a man whose fertile imagination and natural restlessness bring out the best in his performers. Campbell, best known for her role in TV's Party of Five and the Scream movies, trained with the National Ballet of Canada before becoming an actress, and she coauthored the script with Barbara Turner. While one safely presumes that the screenplay is fastidiously accurate, it takes a director of Altman's rare ability to bring out the "little" moments that make such a film truly accessible to viewers. As a result, you'll feel like a participant in the Joffrey's preparations, not just an observer. And you'll come away from The Company with a more comprehensive understanding of what it is artists go through to create the works we all enjoy and admire.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
From its opening avant-garde ballet performed to atonal electronic music, it's clear Robert Altman won't make The Company (2003) just another dance movie. With star and trained ballerina Neve Campbell taking her unobtrusive place among the Chicago Joffrey Ballet corps, Altman deftly reveals how much dance is the primary force in dancers' lives by relegating the genre's usual melodramatics over cutthroat competition and the rising star's choice between her career and her love life very much to the sidelines. With his over-the-top theatrics, Malcolm McDowell's flamboyant ballet maestro "Mr. A" is the only performer allowed to chew the scenery, but even his behind-the-scenes machinations and merciless judgments about dancers' roles and abilities underscore the power of the terpsichorean calling. Altman's lyrical camerawork in the ballet sequences showcases Campbell and the rest of the company to radiant effect, filling in the drama left out of the documentary-style off-stage scenes. Though some viewers might be frustrated by the attenuated backstories and deliberate avoidance of interpersonal histrionics (while Campbell and James Franco are charming together, their romance barely registers), those who simply want to see a skillful and graceful merger of dance and film will find much to enjoy in The Company.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Making of The Company featurette; Extended dance sequence ; Isolated dance sequences from the film; The Passion of Dance featurette; Audio commentary with director Robert Altman and Neve Campbell; Theatrical previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Neve Campbell Ry
Malcolm McDowell Alberto "Mr. A." Antonelli
James Franco Josh
Barbara Robertson Harriet
William Dick Eduardo
Joffrey Ballet Actor
Susie Cusack Susie
Marilyn Dodds Frank Ry's Mother
John Lordan Ry's Father
Mariann Mayberry Stepmother
Roderick Peeples Stepfather
Yasen Peyankov Justin's Mentor
Kevin Scott Greer Ballet Enthusiast

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director,Producer
Joshua Astrachan Producer
Jane Barclay Executive Producer
Gary Baugh Production Designer
Karen Bruck Set Decoration/Design
Neve Campbell Original Story,Producer
Pam Dixon Casting
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
James Giovannetti Asst. Director
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Sharon Harel Executive Producer
Craig Jackson Art Director
Stefan Jonas Executive Producer
Susan Kaufmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Pamela Koffler Producer
Hannah Leader Executive Producer
David Levy Producer
Jonas McCord Executive Producer
Dieter Meyer Executive Producer
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Roland Pellegrino Executive Producer
Geraldine Peroni Editor
Jocelyn Hayes Simpson Associate Producer
Barbara Turner Screenwriter
Christine Vachon Producer
John Wells Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:31]
2. Alberto Antonelli [3:24]
3. Warm-Ups [2:25]
4. Lar Lubovich [:28]
5. Deborah [1:41]
6. Light Rain [3:06]
7. Saint-Saëns Rehearsal [1:24]
8. Suite Saint-Saens [3:03]
9. My Funny Valentine [1:13]
10. Strange Prisoners (Solo) [2:50]
11. Robert Desrosiers [1:15]
12. John [:37]
13. Trinity [:18]
14. The Achievement Award Speech [5:25]
15. Admiring Ry's Form [3:43]
16. Breakfast Pas De Deux [2:30]
17. A Dancer All Her Life [3:41]
18. Creative Force [3:13]
19. Scrambled Ideas [1:22]
20. Snapped Tendon [4:29]
21. La Vivandiere Pas De Six [1:18]
22. Alec [2:53]
23. Strange Prisoners [4:59]
24. The Company Christmas Roast [2:34]
25. White Widow [2:41]
26. New Year's Eve [:27]
27. Justin [2:16]
28. The Blue Snake [2:35]


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The Company 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Inspiring!! - for old and young, dancers and non-dancers alike!!!
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