Maria Tallchief - The Art Of Maria Tallchief details
|Studio:||VIDEO ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL|
Maria Tallchief - The Art Of Maria Tallchief
|Run time:||1 hour 23 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Oct 2006|
Most helpful review
DisappointingBy a customer from Reading, England , 18 Nov 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Balletomanes would no doubt find this interesting from an historical point of view, but I found it very dated and uninspiring. Perhaps the fact that it was short staged excerpts meant it lacked the sparkle of a real performance.
Piece of television historyBy Kulturmonster (59 reviews) from Ipswich , 25 Nov 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a compilation of short ballet features which were part of a commercially sponsored programme in the early days of US television. The earliest clips are still in black and white, but most are in colour. This is not just of historical interest to balletomanes, but to anyone with an interest in the history of the media.
If you watch this for what it is, a piece of television history - and we are very lucky that they were recorded at all - you can put yourself in the position of the original audience. We now expect to be able to watch anything we want when and where we want, and then complain if the quality falls short. But this DVD takes us back to the time when to able to see any kind of moving image in your living room was miraculous. Most of the original audience would probably have had no opportunity to see ballet in any form except for a few black and white photographs, and to be able to watch these performances must have been amazing to many.
A mixed bagBy a customer from Lewes , 15 Jul 2008Maria Tallchief was one of the first prima ballerinas of New York City Ballet, but we do not see her in her most famous role of 'The Firebird' which Balanchine staged for her in 1949 when she was 24.
What we have here are items, initially, from The Bell Telephone Hour TV programmes of the 60's when she has lost the first bloom of youth, (and her balances are far from steady). She shows that Kitri in 'Don Quixote' (partnered by Erik Bruhn) was definitely not her role, and she is not much happier in a pas de deux from 'Flower Festival at Genzano' where she is outshone by her partner (a young Nureyev in his American debut). She is better in choreography designed for her by Balanchine, an excerpt from 'Scotch Symphony' (inexplicably shot through a gauze) and 'Allegro Brillante', probably the best item, together with the balcony scene (sans balcony) from 'Romeo & Juliet' where she is partnered by Conrad Ludlow.
The latter half of the DVD is devoted to earlier poor quality B&W Canadian TV footage of the 50's, pas de deux from 'Les Sylphides' (without scenery) and 'Swan Lake' and Balanchine's 'Pas de Dix' to Glazunov's music where the dancers are frequently half out of frame.
Interesting historically, but to ballet fans only.
DisappointingBy a customer from Reading, England , 18 Nov 2006Balletomanes would no doubt find this interesting from an historical point of view, but I found it very dated and uninspiring. Perhaps the fact that it was short staged excerpts meant it lacked the sparkle of a real performance.
- < Prev
- Next >