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Ballets RussesFrom the 1930s through the 1960s, two internationally renowned dance companies claimed to be the famous ballet troupe entitled to call itself Ballets...Ballets RussesDocumentaryPT118MUnratedFrom the 1930s through the 1960s, two internationally renowned dance companies claimed to be the famous ballet troupe entitled to call itself Ballets...2005-11-02Zeitgeist Films
Ballets Russes

(Ballets Russes: Geller/Goldfine Productions)

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Ballets Russes

Genre: Documentary; Director: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine; Author: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine; Release Date Limited: 10/26/2005; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

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.

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