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4 items from 2011

Roland Petit obituary

11 July 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Choreographer and dancer who created stunning roles for his wife, Zizi Jeanmaire

When Roland Petit's Les Ballets des Champs Elysées opened its first London season in 1946, the company brought to the British dance scene an explosion of chic and excitement which had long been missing. Not only was the standard of male dancing from Petit and his fellow dancer Jean Babilée better than anything for many years, the enthusiasm of the young company was a contrast to the restrained correctness of the Sadler's Wells dancers. Les Forains, a piece about a troupe of strolling entertainers, distinguished by beautiful decors and costumes by Christian Bérard, was the triumph of what the critic Richard Buckle described as "an evening of wonderful surprises".

Petit, who has died from leukaemia aged 87, was capable of tailoring a role so that it perfectly reflected the abilities of the dancer on whom it was made, often »

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Roland Petit Dead at 87

10 July 2011 11:39 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

French dancer and choreographer Roland Petit died in Geneva on Sunday. He was 87. Associated with the Paris Opera Ballet and the Ballet de Marseille for a number of years, Petit was credited for creating more than 100 ballets throughout his career. Additionally, he choreographed dance sequences for a handful of movies, notably Samuel Goldwyn's Hans Christian Andersen (1952), a color extravaganza starring Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, and Petit's future wife Zizi Jeanmaire; two 1955 Leslie Caron vehicles, the Cinderella tale The Glass Slipper and Daddy Long Legs, which paired Caron with Fred Astaire; and Henri Decoin's Folies-Bergère (1956), with Jeanmaire, Eddie Constantine, and Nadia Gray. "With his muse Zizi Jeanmaire," whom Petit married in 1954, "he wrote some of the most beautiful pages of contemporary music hall," French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand eulogized. Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire remained married until his death. Mitterrand quote via the BBC. »

- Andre Soares

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Rewind TV: The Killing; The Good Cook; Undercover Boss; Channel 4 News – review

9 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Us version of The Killing shows that a good recipe is worth reusing, but The Good Cook needs to work on its ingredients

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Well, this certainly wasn't the Seattle of Frasier any more than the Copenhagen of the original The Killing was that of Hans Christian Andersen. These things were both to the good, in that we didn't have to watch coffee-house platitudes from a distressingly rightwing actor I'd once liked, or Danny Kaye in lederhosen. But it wasn't even the Seattle of Kurt Cobain. This was an altogether grimmer, more cloying, bleakswept city of tiny menaces, long-held lies, angry panic. The Seattle waterfront, its soaring, hopeful, downtown spires, instead seemed somehow to crouch, to slump, like a grudge, under roiling clouds of intent. And of, more prosaically, »

- Euan Ferguson

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Farley Granger: a life in clips

30 March 2011 1:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

We look back at Farley Granger's movie career, from the two masterpieces he made with Alfred Hitchcock to Luchino Visconti's operatic melodrama Senso

Spotted doing a cockney accent in a play while still at high school, Farley Granger was signed to a seven-year deal by MGM in 1943 and soon put to work alongside Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews in The North Star, a pro-Soviet war film about the sufferings of a Ukrainian village under the Nazi yoke.

With a script by blacklistee Lillian Hellman, The North Star – later reissued under the title Armored Attack! – was cited by the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a prime example of Hollywood communist propaganda.

After one more film – The Purple Heart (1944) – and a spell in the navy where he discovered his bisexuality, Granger found himself cast in what would become his breakthrough film, They Live by Night. Shot in 1947, Nicholas Ray »

- Andrew Pulver

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