The Company - The Ensemble

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German title The Company - The Ensemble
Original title The Company
Country of production USA , Germany
original language English
Publishing year 2003
length 112 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Robert Altman
script Barbara Turner
production Robert Altman,
Joshua Astrachan ,
Neve Campbell ,
David Levy ,
Christine Vachon ,
Pamela Koffler
music Van Dyke Parks
camera Andrew Dunn
cut Geraldine Peroni

The Company - Das Ensemble (The Company) is an American - German drama film from 2003 . Directed by Robert Altman , the screenplay was written by Barbara Turner .


The film shows the life of the employees of the Chicago- based Joffrey Ballet in various storylines . The co-founder of the ensemble Alberto Antonelli acts as art director. The dancer Ry is considered talented, but difficult to live together. She tries to play the role of the solo dancer. Ry meets the restaurant owner Josh, with whom she falls in love. The film shows how much courage, talent and perseverance Ry has in fighting for her place in the company.


Kevin Thomas wrote in the Los Angeles Times on December 24, 2003 that Malcolm McDowell could properly portray the “ fiery temperament ” of a ballet art director. He, the director and the screenwriter Barbara Turner would defy the clichés.

The lexicon of international films wrote that the film was “a rather abstract dance film, with no actual plot, with dabbed arcs of tension, bracketed by some ballet scenes that were danced out ”. It draws on " the lightness of the subject and should appeal primarily to friends of modern dance theater ".

Rotten Tomatoes certified the film as " authenticity and wealth " that would result from the collaboration with the real Joffrey Ballet.


Susan Kaufmann was nominated in 2004 for the design of the costumes for the Golden Satellite Award . The film was nominated for the 2004 Golden Reel Award for sound editing .


The film was shot in Chicago . Its production amounted to an estimated 15 million US dollars . The world premiere took place on September 8, 2003 at the Toronto International Film Festival , after which the film was shown at the Boston Film Festival , the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival , among others . The film was shown in selected cinemas in the United States, grossing around 2.28 million US dollars.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for The Company - Das Ensemble . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , April 2004 (PDF; test number: 97 814 K).
  2. Age rating for The Company - Das Ensemble . Youth Media Commission .
  3. ^ Film review by Kevin Thomas, accessed November 21, 2007
  4. ^ The Company - The Ensemble in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed on November 21, 2007
  5., accessed November 21, 2007
  6. ^ Filming locations for The Company, accessed November 21, 2007
  7. ^ Box office / business for The Company, accessed November 21, 2007
  8. ^ Opening dates for The Company, accessed November 21, 2007