LaChapelle’s documentary on LA street scene hiphop reaches Europe and the longer taz review (only german) finds a concise equivalent in this Village Voice review from the beginning of the year:
Predictably, perhaps, the yearâ€™s big-ticket doc about race and class is the work of a rich, white fashion photographer turning his gaze on a poor, black subculture. Itâ€™s also the most infectiously energetic and inspiring doc Iâ€™ve seen in years. RIZE, which follows the moves of hip-hop dancers so crazy-quick that the doc starts by vowing its footage hasnâ€™t been manipulated, was rightly regarded in Park city as the South Central Paris is Burning. Director David LaChapelle opens with images of L.A. ablaze in â€™65 and â€™92, and ends, after several sad turns, with a Maya Angelou poem. In between, the dancers prove more than capable of directing themselves, which makes the movie less tricky to applaud.
.. the following is an excerpt from a NYT review in June of this year (can also be found on LaChapelle’s site)
|“Rize,” the new documentary directed by the fashion photographer David LaChapelle, begins with an unusual disclaimer: “The footage in this film has not been sped up in any way.” The reason for such reassurance soon becomes clear. Twenty-four frames
per second, the rate at which film traditionally moves through a camera – and the speed at which, according to Jean-Luc Godard, cinema discloses the truth – seems too sluggish for Mr. LaChapelle’s purpose, which is to record a form of dance that flourishes in some African-American neighborhoods in greater Los Angeles. (link)