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(1980)

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Final feature film of actor Alan Badel depending whether one counts the tele-movie Shogun (1980) which got a theatrical release in some territories.
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Scenes on the beach with Sergei Diaghilev (Alan Bates) in a white suit and black-banded white brimmed hat bore more than a startling resemblance to Dirk Bogarde in Luchino Visconti's earlier "Death in Venice" [Death in Venice (1971)].
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Romola Nijinsky was basically a stalker who pursued Vaslav Nijinsky for years before tricking him into marriage.
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Although he was born in Kiev, Russia, Nijinsky is always referred to as a "Polish peasant."
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Ken Russell was offered to direct the film.
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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.
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Director Herbert Ross' second of three pictures about ballet. The movies were Dancers (1987), Nijinsky (1980) and The Turning Point (1977).
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Mikhail Baryshnikov, who had appeared in Herbert Ross' previous ballet movie The Turning Point (1977), turned down the lead role of Vaslav Nijinsky in this film. Instead, Baryshnikov returned to the American Ballet Theatre and took up a promotion in the senior position of Artistic Director.
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Debut theatrical feature film of actors Jeremy Irons and George De La Pena, the latter who plays Vaslav Nijinsky.
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Lead actor George De La Pena was Mikhail Baryshnikov's stand-in on this film's director Herbert Ross' earlier ballet film The Turning Point (1977). De La Pena was a dancer from The American Ballet Theatre.
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Publicity for this picture stated that filmmakers had been trying to film the life story of Vaslav Nijinsky for more than half a century.
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Penultimate film produced by Harry Saltzman. The last was "Time of the Gypsies" [Dom za vesanje (1988)].
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The picture was filmed in four European countries: France (Nice), Hungary, Italy (Sicily) and Monaco (Monte Carlo).
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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").
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The name of the ballet company was the world renowned "Ballets Russes".
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One of a number of period cinema films that actor Jeremy Irons starred in during his early career. The pictures include Nijinsky (1980), The Mission (1986), The Wild Duck (1984), Swann in Love (1984) ("Swann in Love") and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981).
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Second and of three collaborations of actress Leslie Browne and director Herbert Ross. The films are Dancers (1987), Nijinsky (1980), and The Turning Point (1977).
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One of two collaborations of actor Alan Bates and actress Janet Suzman. The films are Nijinsky (1980) (the second) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972) (the first) - the two movies being made and released around eight years apart.
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Because of his Russian citizenship, Nijinsky would spend much of World War I stranded in Hungary where he was labeled as an "enemy."
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