Nijinsky

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The deeper, broader issues behind the rise and fall of one of the world's greatest ballet dancers and choreographers, Vaslav Nijinksy 1888-1950, is not at the fulcrum of this two-hour British biographical drama. Director Herbert Ross and screenwriter Hugh Wheeler base the film on Nijinsky's diaries and his wife's book Nijinsky but what they portray are the years between 1912-1913 and Nijinsky's affair with Sergei Diaghliev, his mentor and the impresario and founder of Ballets Russes. With the life of the great ...
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Overview

The deeper, broader issues behind the rise and fall of one of the world's greatest ballet dancers and choreographers, Vaslav Nijinksy 1888-1950, is not at the fulcrum of this two-hour British biographical drama. Director Herbert Ross and screenwriter Hugh Wheeler base the film on Nijinsky's diaries and his wife's book Nijinsky but what they portray are the years between 1912-1913 and Nijinsky's affair with Sergei Diaghliev, his mentor and the impresario and founder of Ballets Russes. With the life of the great man played by dancer George de la Pena explained via the dominant, impossible personality of Diaghliev and the love of his wife Leslie Browne, there is no room for larger questions. The business and politics and especially the homosexuality that are involved with the art of ballet are also given primary focus.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Nijinsky as a whole is not satisfying, portions of it are exceptional. Not surprisingly, these portions include the sequences in which dancing is a primary focus. With the wonderful George de la Pena holding forth in these sequences, supported by a very fine corps, the dances are stunning and exciting. de lan Pena deserves a great deal of credit for their success, as his technique and interpretations are simply marvelous to behold; but he must share credit with director Herbert Ross, who demonstrates once again that he is a master at filming ballet, a feat that is far more complicated than it may at first seem. The physical production is also quite lovely, with fine work from all departments. If de la Pena is perhaps not as fine a dramatic actor as he is a dancing actor, he still acquits himself well in the dialogue scenes and has a sure handle on his character. Even better is Alan Bates as his lover Diaghilev, adding a combination of power and nuance to his scenes that is quite effective. Leslie Browne is not ideal casting as Nijinsky's wife; her dance background serves her very well, but she doesn't have the correct temperament that the drama requires. Nijinsky runs into problems in general when it is away from the ballet stage; although it deserves points for portraying an honest homosexual relationship in 1980, it does so in a rather coy, indirect manner. In addition, the script eventually indulges in melodrama that undercuts its overall effectiveness. Still, Nijinsky is worth watching, if only for the graceful power of de la Pena in flight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • UPC: 887090034609
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,003

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Bates Sergei Diaghilev
George de la Pena Vaslav Nijinsky
Leslie Browne Romola de Pulsky
Alan Badel Baron de Gunzburg
Carla Fracci Tamara Karsavina
Janet Suzman Emilia Marcus
Colin Blakely Vassili
Ronald Pickup Igor Stravinksy
Ronald Lacey Leon Bakst
Sian Phillips Lady Ripon
Henrietta Baynes Magda
June Brown Maria Stepanova
Stephen Chase Adolph Bolm
Mart Crowley Baron Adolphe De Meyer
Vernon Dobtcheff Sergei Grigoriev
Anton Dolin Maestro Cecchetti
Geoffrey Hughes Gavrilov
Jeremy Irons Mikhail Fokine
Frederick Jaeger Gabriel Astruc
Charles Kay Argentinian Ambassador
Olga Lowe Signora Cerchetti
Tomas Milian
John Lanchbery Conductor
Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Alan Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Pier Luigi Basile Production Designer
John Blezard Production Designer
Claude Debussy Score Composer
Howard Jeffrey Associate Producer
Nora Kaye Producer
John Lanchbery Score Composer
Stanley O'Toole Producer
William H. Reynolds Editor
George Richardson Art Director
Tony Roman Art Director
Harry Saltzman Executive Producer, Producer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Hugh Wheeler Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nijinsky
1. Budapest [22:16]
2. Greece [3:01]
3. Monte Carlo [15:56]
4. Paris [13:59]
5. Switzerland [13:50]
6. London [8:29]
7. Italy [8:11]
8. Cherbourg [9:19]
9. Buenos Aires [13:14]
10. Genoa [16:51]
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