Ballets Russes

Rated NR 120 minutes 2005

You don't have to be a connoisseur of dance to be swept off your feet by this rapturous, vibrant documentary, which presents the history of the famed dance troupe the Ballets Russes through the eyes of its former, now octogenarian members. The Paris-based company, heir to the great Diaghilev tradition, was founded by Russian emigres who fled their homeland during the Russian Revolution (they never performed in Russia). The occasion for the documentary was the first official reunion of Ballets Russes members, in June 2000. Some 100 former dancers, many of whom had not seen each other since the dissolution of the company 40 years before, flew in from all corners of the globe. They are incredible raconteurs, and their stories are accompanied by remarkable archival footage from their heyday in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. If a film can be said to burst with life, this is it.

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Director: Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

Writer: Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

Producer: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Robert Hawk and Douglas Blair Tumbaugh

Cast: Irina Baronova, Yvonne Chouteau, Frederic Franklin, Nathalie Krassovska, Alicia Markova, Marc E. Platt, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Mia Slavenska, Maria Tallchief and George Zoritch


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