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Nijinsky (1980)

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant but headstrong premier... See full summary »

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Romola de Pulsky
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Igor Stravinsky
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Leon Bakst
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Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant but headstrong premier danseur and aspiring choreographer of the Ballets Russes. The company is managed by the famous Sergei Diaghilev, himself a controlling and fiercely possessive impresario. The increasing tension between these powerful egos, exacerbated by homosexual desire and jealousy, becomes triangular when the young ballerina Romola de Pulsky determinedly attempts to draw the increasingly mentally unstable Nijinsky away from Diaghilev, Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@pch.gc.ca>

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The First Ten Minutes of This Motion Picture Will Shock You. Then its beauty and human emotions will overwhelm you. See more »


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21 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Nijinsky - Uma História Real  »

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Executive producer Harry Saltzman had wanted to make a film about Nijinsky for many years, first attempting to produce a version in 1970 with partner Albert R. Broccoli. The film was started but was never finished, it being canceled by Broccoli and Saltzman. It is known as Nijinsky: Unfinished Project (1970). It starred Rudolf Nureyev, was written by Edward Albee, and directed by Tony Richardson. _Nijinsky_ though had a completely different script and cast. See more »

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Referenced in Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) See more »

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THE RITE OF SPRING
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Composed by Igor Stravinsky
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Deserves a wider audience
25 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Purportedly factual biography of head strong and gay ballet dancer Nijinsky (George De La Pena). It deals with his slow descent into madness and his love for his manager (Alan Bates).

Lavish, well-done movie. I saw it way back in 1980 on opening night in a huge theatre in Boston. It was virtually empty. It was publicized to the hilt but it seems nobody had an interest in a ballet movie. Too bad.

It was well-acted and the dancing by Pena was just superb.

My only complaint is the ridiculous R rating. It was given that because of a few (mild) kisses between Pena and Bates. Back in 1980 male on male kisses was enough to give a film an R rating and Hollywood wouldn't go any farther in portraying a gay relationship (purportedly Pena, who is straight, was petrified of doing these scenes). Everything else is PG material here. The rating really should be lowered for wider acceptance.

Worth catching.


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