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|Production country:||Frankreich 2012|
|Running time:||Approx. 83 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
When prolific shoe designer Christian Louboutin and Paris' legendary Le Crazy Horse collide, something very special is bound to result. So when Louboutin, whose shoes became famous for their red soles, was given the chance to create some scenes for the burlesque varietés new show, he didn't have to think twice. Louboutin says himself that he is interested in anything that can be used to celebrate the female body. The combination of his shoes, dance choreographies and aesthetically presented nudity is therefore primarily intended to be one thing: a homage to the beauty of women. An ambitious project that should not be limited to the stage of Le Crazy Horse. The performance has now also been captured on film in a 1,300sqm completely darkened studio using state-of-the-art 3D technology. The result is Feu (Fire) by Christian Louboutin, a very special film project in twelve acts.
In the process, not only are the individual dance performances shown. In between, Louboutin himself always has his say and the dancers are also allowed to introduce themselves briefly. But these small interview sequences remain a minor matter and are quickly forgotten. The individual performances, for which Louboutin drew inspiration from the music of American cult director David Lynch, have a high visual value thanks to a very aesthetic realization, which is particularly convincing in the first few minutes. Not only the bodies of the very lightly to not at all dressed ladies are staged extremely appealing. The camera also captured the actual art, namely the dancing skills of the women, very well. Here it has succeeded much better to transfer the effect of the live show into the cinema, than that has been the case recently, for example, in the screen guest performance of Cirque du Soleil.
Dennoch is again missing that certain something, the unique atmosphere that makes a visit to the Paris Varieté so special. And this ultimately leads to the fact that the viewer after some time certain signs of fatigue spread. Although the choreographies are sometimes still very nice to look at, but really rousing is not after an hour at the latest. The fact that a very similar type of woman is always cast for Le Crazy Horse reinforces the impression of a lack of variety. Who appreciates burlesque and cultivated eroticism, which is offered here especially in the first half of the film a really special film experience, which comes quite close to a visit to the legendary Varieté. However, just under 90 minutes is simply too long to not let the initial enthusiasm be displaced by the ever-increasing boredom. The titular fire burns at the end, unfortunately, only on low flame, which is why there is as a conclusion also only a with cutbacks worth seeing!
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