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Children Of Theatre Street
     

Children Of Theatre Street

Director: Robert Dornhelm, Earle Mack

Cast: Robert Dornhelm, Earle Mack

 
The Kirov Ballet in Leningrad is probably the most-filmed dance school in the world, but filmmaker Robert Dornhelm manages to pull fresh coals from the fire in Children of Theatre Street. It is emphasized throughout that the newcomers to the Kirov have much to live up to. This, after all, was the training ground for the likes of Nijinsky, Nureyev and

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The Kirov Ballet in Leningrad is probably the most-filmed dance school in the world, but filmmaker Robert Dornhelm manages to pull fresh coals from the fire in Children of Theatre Street. It is emphasized throughout that the newcomers to the Kirov have much to live up to. This, after all, was the training ground for the likes of Nijinsky, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. There is plenty in Children of Theatre Street to appeal to ballet aficionados and non-fans alike. An added bonus is the warm narration by Princess Grace of Monaco, who used to go by the name of Grace Kelly.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
As the breakout successes of Spellbound and Winged Migration illustrated, "documentary" doesn't have to be a four-letter word to children. This 1977 Academy Award nominee will captivate budding Angelina Ballerinas or Billy Elliotts. Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco warmly narrates this chronicle of a year in the life of Russia's legendary Vaganova Choreographic Institute, popularly known as the Kirov School. With graduates that include Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and scores more revered among the dancing elite, the Kirov is widely seen as the world's greatest ballet school. Each year thousands apply, and only 20 are accepted. From the entrance exam to graduation night, this backstage chronicle follows the rigorous rehearsals and personal sacrifices these students, ages 9-12, must endure to realize their dream (one student has not seen her parents in more than a year). Should they succeed, Princess Grace notes, they will live a life "more intense and special" than they can imagine, and perhaps earn a place in history alongside the giants. The stunning performance sequences keep the students and the viewers' eyes on the prize, eloquently conveying the hard work and dedication needed to succeed in this demanding craft.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
UPC:
0032031111196
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kultur Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
19,945

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [1:48]
2. Opening Credits [:06]
3. Entrance Examination [7:41]
4. A Chance to Dance [2:55]
5. Youthful Aspirations [5:20]
6. Practicing for Perfection [5:00]
7. The Early Days [1:53]
8. Dudinskaya and Sergeyev [5:44]
9. Marius Petipa [6:22]
10. Igor Stravinsky [5:08]
11. St. Petersburg [1:57]
12. Physical Conditioning [6:04]
13. Yaraslavna [5:58]
14. Romeo and Juliet [5:38]
15. Rehearsal [5:50]
16. Graduation Night at the Kirov [5:36]
17. Dreams Become Reality [17:38]
18. End Credits [1:41]

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