Crazy Horse, the movie


For its 60th birthday, the legendary Parisian cabaret located in the Golden Triangle, opened its doors to the American moviemaker, Frederick Wiseman. The idea was to lift the veil on the very secretive backstage of the Crazy Horse. The movie was shot during the creation of the “Désirs” show by Philippe Découflé and which celebrated its premier in September of 2009.

Frederick Wiseman’s camera recorded the main protagonists of the creative process through the eyes of the magnificent dancers Zula Zazou, Nooka Karamel or Fiamma Rosa amongst others. He also filmed the artistic team, including Ali Mahdavi, at work, and also the managers and costume makers. All these little hands working together for the Crazy-est show of all of Paris!

Revealing fantasies

“I made this movie for several reasons, mainly abstract. I’m very interested in fantasies and they are manifold in the Crazy universe: the fantasies of the audience coming to see the show, the fantasies of shareholders wanting to make money, those of the film director who wants to show what Désir is… I find all these questions very intriguing,” Frederick Wiseman explains. Crazy Horse is his 39th movie.

The Crazy Horse movie will give you a behind the scenes look at this Parisian institution, its codes and its unique take on female beauty, as you’ve never seen it before. It invites the spectator to plunge into the inner workings of this internationally recognized temple of femininity and glamour.

Crazy Horse, a movie made by Frederick Wiseman

International debut

The feature film hits theaters in October of 2011 and was selected to be screened at film festivals around the globe: Venice (August 31st), Toronto (September 11th), San Sébastian (September 19th), New York (October 3rd), Lisbon (October 20th) and also London and Tokyo.

American filmmaker and documentarian, Frederick Wiseman, had a privileged look at the behind the scenes goings-on of the Crazy Horse. The cabaret is one of three celebrated French institutions that Wiseman fimed. The other two being the Comédie Française and the Ballet de l’Opéra.


  • Hilton McConnico a crée la première affiche du spectacle “Désirs” en 2009.

  • Poupie Cadolle a crée les corsets de « Red Shoes ».

  • La voix féminine sur la bande son du numéro “Spoutnik” appartient à la danseuse Fiamma Rosa.

  • Le nom du cabaret parisien est en hommage au chef Sioux Crazy Horse.

  • The cabaret is considered a national monument in France. It is a cultural phenomenon and part of the national heritage.

  • Deux danseuses du Crazy Horse ont été les modèles pour David Lynch pour son projet « Fetish », en collaboration avec Christian Louboutin.

  • Internationally acclaimed corsetiere Poupie Cadolle, whose grandmother invented the bra, designed the corsets for « Red Shoes ».

  • Chaque année, les danseuses du Crazy Horse utilisent 250 paires de bas, 500 litres de maquillage et 300 tubes de rouge « Crazy ».

  • At least six pairs of shoes are tailor made for each dancer.

  • La 1ère Guest Star dans l’histoire du Crazy Horse est Dita Von Teese en octobre 2006.

  • Inauguré le 21 septembre 2009, le show “Désirs” est signé Philippe Decouflé et Ali Mahdavi.

  • 300 “Crazy Red” lipsticks are used each year by Crazy Horse Paris’ dancers.

  • More than 30 dancers currently work with Crazy Horse Paris.

  • Chaque danseuse est baptisée d’un nom de scène lors de son entrée au Crazy Horse.

  • Fifi Chachnil signe la tenue de la PDGère dans « Crisis ! What Crisis ? »

  • Christian Louboutin a dessiné les souliers d’une majorité de tableaux dont « Teasing », « Rougir de Désir » et « Upside Down ».

  • Two Crazy Girls modelled for David Lynch’s “Fetish” photo series

  • All dancers are classically trained. It takes three to five month of hard work to transform a classical dancer into a Crazy Girl.

  • Celebrity shoe creator Christian Louboutin designed the red-soled shoes for many acts including “Teasing”, “Rougir de Désirs” and “Upside Down”.

  • Crazy Horse Paris was founded by Alain Bernardin in 1951 and has been an illustrious cabaret ever since.