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Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001)
"The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky" (original title)

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Dramatization of Russian ballet star Vaclav Nijinsky's diaries which detail his madness as well as his homosexual relationship with Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his marriage to his Hungarian wife.

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Nijinsky (voice) (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
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Oscar
Hans Sonneveld ...
Doctor
Oliver Streeton ...
Psychiatrist
Jillian Smith ...
Emilia
Kevin Lucas ...
Diaghilev
David Gallasch ...
Critic
Aanya Whitehead ...
Maid
Gabriella Joy Smart ...
Piano Player
Lisa Heaven ...
Prostitute
Patricia Cellier ...
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Kyra Cox ...
Little Kyra
Anandine Merino ...
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Dramatization of Russian ballet star Vaclav Nijinsky's diaries which detail his madness as well as his homosexual relationship with Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his marriage to his Hungarian wife.

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25 April 2002 (Australia)  »

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AUD 1,200,000 (estimated)

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$3,393 (USA) (31 May 2002)

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$55,068 (USA) (25 October 2002)
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Invitation to the Dance
Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by the CSR Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Ondrej Lenard
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Flattering treatment of naive diaries of dance legend Nijinsky
12 September 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

A lovingly shot, very flattering treatment of the diaries of dance legend Vaslaw Nijinsky. Derek Jacobi reads aloud from the dancer's diaries, written just before he was committed to an institution for the mentally ill. The diaries themselves are by modern standards sickeningly insipid and naive; Nijinsky rejects any form of thinking or analysis in favor of love and feeling, and repeats over and over how he just wants to love everyone, so how can there be war, or any other bad things? This film could have been such a trite love-fest celebration.

Instead, Cox has managed to juxtapose the text over a series of images and music, often taken from Nijinsky's choreographies, into a tapestry that brings real meaning from what could be called the written ravings of a madman. Recurring characters based on roles Nijinsky made famous illustrate the feelings and episodes expressed in the diaries. The result is an expression of the meaning behind the madness that I found thought-provoking (even if Nijinsky would not approve of all that thinking!).

The camera work makes an intriguing parallel to the diary itself; the execution of the diary is naive in a way reminiscent of folk art, but the ideas in it are deeply sensual. Cox is certainly as capable of slick camera work as any good director, but for the dance scenes in the woods (especially those from "Afternoon of a Faun"), he chose a style of camera work that looks just a little bit clumsy and amateurish, while filming a choreography so sensual that it caused quite a scandal when Nijinsky danced it for the first time in 1912. The juxtaposition of naive execution with sensual content echoes and accentuates the feeling of the diaries themselves.

All in all a beautiful film; a great find.


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