7 items from 2013
“Afternoon of a Faun,” Nancy Buirski’s documentary on famed ’50s prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, has a lot going for it: extraordinary footage of the exquisite dancer in signature roles created for her by master choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins; a romantic triangle involving those artistic giants; full-blown tragedy as Le Clercq is struck down by polio in her prime; and enough terrible ironies to fill several documentaries. Questionable emphases sometimes skew the film’s proportions, but between the beauty of the dance imagery and the lyricism of passages culled from Le Clercq’s personal letters, “Faun” often soars.
Buirski opens and closes her film with excerpts from the titular Debussy pas de deux, choreographed by Robbins and featuring Le Clercq and partner Jacques d’Amboise. The soft-focus kinescope footage, shot from a particularly felicitous camera angle, highlights the elegant, articulated movement, coltish grace and gestural wit that »
- Ronnie Scheib
Documentaries about the wives of George Balanchine and Carlos the Jackal, and the real-life inspiration for "Dog Day Afternoon," have joined the lineup of the 2013 New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center said Monday. The documentary slate will consist of three separate sections, organized thematically – an attempt, said director of programming Kent Jones in an Nyff press release, to create a lineup of disparate but linked films that "can be compared, contrasted, and experienced in dialogue with one another." The "Motion Portraits" section includes "The Dog" (left), »
- Steve Pond
Documentaries and restored narrative pics dominate the sidebar programming of the 2013 New York Film Festival, with more than 30 titles — including producer-thesp Gael Garcia Bernal in docu “Who is Dayani Cristal?” and a newly restored version of Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” — added to the fest to screen alongside the 36-film main slate.
With the docs grouped thematically, this year’s collection of sidebar films seems presented and organized with a bit more clarity than has been the case in prior years. That could be a product of the fest’s new topper, Kent Jones, who this year stepped into the role of director of programming and selection committee chair following the exit of longtime leader Richard Pena.
Three sections make up Nyff’s lineup of sidebar documentaries. One group, “Motion Portraits,” focuses on feature-length looks at individuals, including “Dayani Cristal,” Marc Silver’s Sundance alum that features Bernal »
- Gordon Cox
Photographer and film-maker who took some of the last shots of Marilyn Monroe
In the summer of 1962 Bert Stern, who has died aged 83, took more than 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe over three sessions held in a Los Angeles hotel. The images captured Monroe in a sometimes pensive but mostly playful mood as she posed nude, variously covered by bedsheets, a chinchilla coat, a stripy Vera Neumann scarf and a pair of chiffon roses. Despite their air of carefree humour, the portraits are inescapably wistful because – along with George Barris's subsequent pictures of Monroe at Santa Monica beach – they are among the last photographs taken of the star. She was found dead at her home several weeks later.
The shoot was for Vogue, which had Stern on a contract that required him to fill 100 fashion pages a year and afforded him an additional 10 pages for personal projects. Stern proposed Monroe as a subject, »
- Chris Wiegand
Though the cast includes Tony-winning Broadway pros such as Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) and Karen Ziemba (Contact), it’s the dancers who seize the spotlight in a new revival of the 1936 Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical On Your Toes, which runs through this Sunday at New York City Center as part of the Encores! series. Given that two prominent roles are held by American Ballet Theatre veterans Irina Dvorovenko and Joaquin De Luz, the show’s title can be taken literally. Dvorovenko and several ensemble members perform en pointe during several routines, which have been artfully staged by »
- Thom Geier
A major star of the post-Diaghilev Ballets Russes, he was celebrated for his romantic roles
Frederic Franklin, who has died aged 98, was one of the best loved figures in the dance world. Always genial, always helpful, he possessed a razor-sharp memory of all the ballets he had appeared in. Franklin played an important part in the preservation of many early ballets by George Balanchine, and in 2002 was able to reconstruct episodes from Devil's Holiday, a ballet created by Frederick Ashton in 1939, never revived since and never seen on stage by Ashton.
Franklin, known as Freddie, was a major star of the post-Diaghilev Ballets Russes, forming a memorable and long-lasting partnership with the ballerina Alexandra Danilova; her champagne personality and his good looks and charisma combined to stunning effect. This was especially true in such ballets as Léonide Massine's Le Beau Danube and especially Gâité Parisienne. But Franklin also danced »
- Judith Cruickshank
New York -- Frederic Franklin, a British-born dancer who helped popularize modern ballet in the United States and performed until his mid-90s, has died. He was 98.
Franklin succumbed to complications from pneumonia on Saturday at a Manhattan hospital, according to his lifelong partner, William Ausman.
Franklin last appeared with the American Ballet Theatre at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts three years ago – as a friar in "Romeo and Juliet."
"He gave me my first job, and I gave him his last," said the company's artistic director, Kevin McKenzie. "He was a seminal figure in the ballet world."
McKenzie said the amazingly energetic native of Liverpool, England, remembered the greatest 20th century dance moves, starting with Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo. He toured the United States with them in the 1950s.
"He had a muscle memory," McKenzie said.
Choreographers including George Balanchine relied on »
7 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners