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Tanaquil Le Clerq ...
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It's really not possible to rate this one.
12 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film can be found in the third DVD from the set "Treasures From American Film Archives"--a set of mostly ephemeral films that have somehow avoided complete destruction and which have some historical significance. This is NOT a set the average viewer would want to see, but it's great for cinema nuts and historians (of which I am both).

Of all the films in this set, "La Valse" is among the least interesting to me. This is not to say it's a bad or unimportant film--it's just the sort that had little appeal to me. It consists of a couple ballet dancers from Georges Balanchine's dance troop doing a short dance. Originally it was shot on 16mm film (though it looks more like a home 8mm home movie) and was silent. Later, accompanying music was added. The print is rather grainy.

I really can't give a numerical score to this one. It's not a commercial piece and I know nothing about ballet. Considering they are dancing for Balanchine, I assume they are excellent at what they do. As for the technical merits of the film, it's rather primitive.


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