The Turning Point
(1977, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Dir. Herbert Ross)
Anne Bancroft is definitely the best thing about this movie, playing an aging prima donna ballerina. The dialogue is quite good in places and she makes the most of it. Shirley MacLaine is pretty good but her character gets rather annoying at times, especially when compared to the cool manner of Bancroft's character and performance.
I couldn't help comparing the film some to Altman's The Company
. In that film, the plot is very minimal, but I kind of liked that approach to ballet much more than how is is in The Turning Point
, where everything is so dramatic and a bit predictable - you know the big catfight between Bancroft and MacLaine is going to happen near the end and when it does happen you know they're going to laugh about it and be friends. And it happens like that.
But I don't mean to bash on The Turning Point too much. As I said, there is a good bit of freshness to the dialogue and Bancroft steals every scene that she's in.
I'll give it a 7/10