Ballets Russes details
|Directors:||Dayna Goldfine, Daniel Geller|
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Sep 2006|
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Fascinating, first-class documentaryBy Rehan (128 reviews) from London , 09 Jan 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Modern ballet is arguably one of the more bizarre art forms that people (like those in this film) have dedicated their lives to. But, while you may think a 2-hour documentary like this is for aficionados only, this film is a truly fascinating record of major cultural events and developments that defined Western 20c civilisation and its aspirations on some level.
It's very emotively put together, with a lot of affecting contrasts; and you see what a downright weird bunch these dancers could be. But their passion is fascinating, and their experiences always engaging: even the monsters - and there are many - are, in their own way, interesting. The archive footage is MESMERISING.
In some ways it may seem like a curious blip in history, but really it's well worth viewing.
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Historical and visually splendid filmBy bluemeady (6 reviews) , 12 Apr 2011I really enjoyed this film, being a combination of documentary and film excerpts of past ballet dancers performances. I also thought the interviews with the elderly dancers were brilliant and was full of admiration for their ability to maintain their looks and dress often in a dramatic way. A lesson to us all in posture as well!!
documentary with attitudeBy CapnPookie (99 reviews) from Upminster , 25 Jan 2011This documentary concerns itself with the development of the various incarnations of the Ballets Russes post-Diaghilev, which I hadn't realised before viewing. Nonetheless, it provides an enthralling look behind the scenes at the egos, politics & sheer hard work of being in a touring ballet company. All the dancers interviewed were in their twilight years - though many were still enviably agile - & gleefully recalled their glory days. A beautiful illustration of the part played by Ballets Russes in the evolution of modern ballet & a fascinating piece of social/cultural history for those with an interest in dance.
Time to reminisce.By Nanna (17 reviews) from Prescot , 21 Apr 2010I loved this documentary - seeing clips of my favourite ballerinas as young and beautiful stars of the stage, brought back many happy childhood memories. To watch Alicia Markova did actually bring a tear to my eye. I had her picture (and many others) above my bed, when I was a child. To see them pass on their knowledge and expertise as they became older was wonderful to watch and I would recommend this to any ballet fan.
Ballets RussesBy Lau1 (4 reviews) from Wantage , 05 Mar 2009I absolutely loved this documentary, it was a fascinating insight into what was a fairly closed world to the rest of us. What an interesting history of the art and how it became modernised and spilt into two main companies. The now aged dancers are hilarious as well as poignant in their discussions of life behind the scenes. I highly recommend this :)
Be awareBy DrG (3 reviews) from Birmingham , 14 Feb 2009Be aware this documentary is not, as I was expecting, about the ballet company Diaghilev created in 1909 which ran until his death in 1929. Rather it's about the company which came after Diaghilev, formed by Col. de Basil in 1932.
That said, it is of interest if you're looking for material about Basil's company, though it's hardly going to win any prizes for documentary making.
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