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The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform a ballet to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol."




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Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ...
Léonide Massine ...
Jealous Suitor
Gypsy Fortune Teller
Frederic Franklin ...
Nathalie Krassovska ...
Andre Eglevsky ...


A narrator introduces us to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, founded by Peter the Great in the 18th century. In full costume on a colorful set, villagers wait in old Spain for the golden hour of fiesta. A lovely Gypsy tells a young man's fortune; to celebrate, he leads a jota. That evening, the aristocrats dance in garden as fun-loving peasants look on. Steamy romance is in the air. The peasants enjoy a blindfold dance; the tempo then speeds up. At the Gypsy camp, a flame burns in the fortune-teller's heart. She and her jealous suitor, with the company,perform traditional Gypsy dances. Dancers in animal costumes look on and celebrate. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

16 May 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1941-1942 season) #5: Spanish Fiesta  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #622A-623A. See more »


Featured in Ballets Russes (2005) See more »


Capriccio Espagnol
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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Spanish Fiesta as a wonderful musical short
28 June 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as directed by Jean Negulesco for Warner Bros. and The Vitaphone Company. A narrator tells the story as various male and female dancers then do their thing in glorious Technicolor. The whole thing seems to be about 30 minutes long. This was one of the extras on the Warner Night at the Movies link of the In This Our Life DVD. The print was in good enough condition. Oh, and there are some people in animal costumes at the end. There's supposed to be ten lines for this review to be submitted on this site but I'm running out of things to say. Maybe I'll just mention some newsreel footage also on the disc that shows celebs like Laruel & Hardy and Desi Arnaz shaking hands with some government officials and traveling in Washington, D.C. that I also enjoyed watching. Okay, so on that note, I recommend Spanish Fiesta.

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