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Ballets Russes

Author: Dayna GoldfineDaniel GellerRobert HawkDouglas Blair TurnbaughCeleste Schaefer SnyderAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Zeitgeist Films, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war, love, and dance: essential elements that made up more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists. This is the story of an extraordinary merger of Russian, American, European, and Latin American dancers who collaborated with composers, choreographers, and designers to transform the face of ballet for generations to come. The film maps the company's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Feature films
Dance films
Documentary films
Historical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Documentary
Dance
Video recordings
Biography
Named Person: Serge Diaghilev; Serge Diaghilev
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dayna Goldfine; Daniel Geller; Robert Hawk; Douglas Blair Turnbaugh; Celeste Schaefer Snyder; Gary Weimberg; Marian Seldes; Todd Boekelheide; David Conte; Geller/Goldfine Productions.; Zeitgeist Films.
OCLC Number: 64448914
Language Note: In English with optional SDH subtitles in English (subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired).
Notes: Originally produced as an American documentary motion picture in 2005.
Credits: Director of photography, Dan Geller ; editors, Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Gary Weimberg ; original music, Todd Boekelheide, David Conte ; research, Jason Snyder ; ballet consultants, Christopher Stowell, Christopher Wheeldon ; Russian translation, Guennadi Nedviguine, Anna Possokhov, Yuri Possokhov.
Performer(s): Narrator, Marian Seldes; interviewees, Barbara Arms, Irina Baronova, Lois Bewley, Irina Borowska, Yvonne Chouteau, Yvonne Craig, Patricia Denise Galian, Frederic Franklin, Myrna Galle, Alan Howard, Jean Hunt, Nathalie Krassovska, Moscelyne Larkin, Roberta Laune, Tatiana Leskova, Dame Alicia Markova, Dorothy Matsie Wade, Nina Novak, Patricia Peters Doyle, Mark Platt, Wakefield Poole, Tania Riabouchinska, Libby Salerno, Howard Sayette, Mia Slavenska, Tatiana Stepanova, Maria Tallchief, Tamara Tchinarova, Miguel Terekhov, Nini Theilade, Valrene Tweedie, Walda Welch Cobain, Raven Wilkinson, George Zoritch, Rochelle Zide.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([10] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.).
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo surround sound; widescreen presentation, preserving the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition.
Contents: I never wanted to dance --
Baby ballerinas --
Three artistic visions --
A blaze of glory --
Crossing the Atlantic --
Rival dance companies --
Just like Diaghilev --
Ballet wars of 1938 --
Ballerinas in covered wagons --
So many accents --
Lights, camera, action! --
As American as Mark Twain --
All-American ballerinas --
Curtain call --
Bridge to the future --
End/Credits. Special features: Additional footage [featurettes]: Dancer beginnings (9 min.); Collaborators (20 min.); Behind the velvet curtain (12 min.); The rehearsal studio (16 min.); Archival footage (6 min.); Photo galleries [slide shows]; Theatrical trailer (2 min.).
Responsibility: a Zeitgeist Films release ; a Geller/Goldfine production ; produced and directed by Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller ; produced by Robert Hawk, Douglas Blair Turnbaugh ; written by Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder, Gary Weimberg.

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Fame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war, love, and dance: essential elements that made up more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists. This is the story of an extraordinary merger of Russian, American, European, and Latin American dancers who collaborated with composers, choreographers, and designers to transform the face of ballet for generations to come. The film maps the company's Diaghilev-era beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris to its halcyon days in the 1930s and '40s--when the Ballets Russes toured America and the world, astonishing audiences with artistry never before seen--to its demise in the 1950s and '60s when rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition, and internal mismanagement ultimately brought this revered company to its knees. Infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars, this is a brief yet fascinating history of a groundbreaking company.

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