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To watch a documentary about ballet presented by French culture festival “Paris As It Is” on Sept. 19, I carved two hours and 40 minutes, or 1/10, out of my day, but it was certainly worth it.

Filmed in 2009, “La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet” is a journey through famed Opera Garnier, its dancers, instructors, directors and even cleaners.

It has no voice-over; director Frederick Wiseman let the camera speak for itself while traversing through rehearsal studios, administrative offices and actual performances. Sometimes he would peep into a staff meeting when dancers discuss pensions and strikes; another time he would drop into the office to follow the gritty business of selling tours to Americans.

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