From the 1930s through the 1960s, two internationally renowned dance companies claimed to be the famous ballet troupe entitled to call itself Ballets Russes — founded in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev, then split into rival factions that pitted ballerina against dainty competitor, passionate fan against fan. Ballets Russes, a classical, elegiac film directed with a choreographer’s eye by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, lets some of those dancers, now specimens of elegant aging (a few have since died), tell the story of a grand moment in high-art culture. The archival footage is so breathtaking, the reminiscences so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can’t help but be swept up by this peek into such exquisite, now vanished glamour.
(Ballets Russes: Geller/Goldfine Productions)
Genre: Documentary; Director: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine; Author: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Zeitgeist Films
Posted November 2 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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