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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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Genius. Madman. Animal. God. Nijinsky. See more »


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Nijinsky - Uma História Real  »

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Ballets, operas and musical pieces excerpted in the film included Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade", Carl Maria von Weber's "Le Spectre de la Rose" ("Invitation to the Dance"), Claude Debussy's "Jeux" ("Games") and "L'Après-midi d'un faune" ("Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"), Robert Schumann's "Carnaval", and Igor Stravinsky's "Petrouchka" and "Le Sacre du Printemps" ("The Rite of Spring"). See more »

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L'Après-midi d'un faune
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sketch
5 June 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a love story. not with profound roots. not very inspired. useful for colors of a form of homage. only as decoration for a story who remains charming only for its potential. a great potential of a dark subject. so, it is difficult to define it more than a film with George de la Pena and Alan Bates, a gay story and about a victim of his too great ambition. a film like an old jewel. or like drawing flower. interesting desire, seductive project and cages of common tools. and flavor of a world not always realistic. a movie about Nijinsky. not bad, not attractive. only isle of a form to conquer public. and remember of a ballet hero. is it enough ? maybe not.


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