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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq -- A documentary on the great ballerina, Tanaquil Le Clercq.


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Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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134 Semi-Finalists for Best Documentary Feature
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Michael Stuhlbarg ... Jerome Robbins (voice)

Jerome Robbins ... Himself
Jacques d'Amboise ... Himself
George Balanchine ... Himself
Patricia McBride ... Herself
Marianne Bower ... Tanaquil Le Clercq (voice)
Arthur Mitchell ... Himself
Barbara Horgan ... Herself
Tanaquil Le Clerq ... Herself

Directed by
Nancy Buirski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nancy Buirski  writer

Produced by
Derek Britt .... executive producer
Nancy Buirski .... producer
Ric Burns .... producer
Paola Freccero .... producer
Krysanne Katsoolis .... executive producer
Krysanne Katsoolis .... producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Bonnie Lafave .... producer
Alysa Nahmias .... producer
Katie O'Rourke .... associate producer
Cinematography by
R.E. Rodgers 
Film Editing by
Damián Rodríguez 
Production Management
Jessica Wolfson .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Theodore Robinson .... sound editor
Theodore Robinson .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Allie Ames .... conforming editor
Jeff Cornell .... conforming editor
Jack Lewars .... digital intermediate colorist
Benjamin Murray .... supervising conforming editor
Other crew
Barbara Horgan .... special consultant
Jack Kyser .... production assistant
Jack Kyser .... researcher
Nancy R. Reynolds .... dance consultant
Hannah Rothfield .... researcher
Martin Scorsese .... project advisor
Courtney Williams .... assistant to executive producer
Jack Turner .... special thanks

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Tany & Mr. B, 19 April 2014
Author: clarkj-565-161336 from Canada

One of the opening scenes of this movie shows Tanaquil dancing with Jacques d'Amboise. This really captured the essence of the film for me. Graceful effortless dancing, with emotional depth in an unusual and creative setting. Thus we are led into the story of Tanaquil Le Clercq, her upbringing in Paris and New York, disappearance of her father and with a strong mother.

Enter a genius father/mentor figure in George Balanchine and the future unfolds. The story is told with original photos and film footage. Personal interviews with Tanaquil's collaborators and close friends give us a 360deg picture of her development. Jacques d'Amboise, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Mitchell, Barbara Horgan and Patricia McBride gives us the inside information on an artist that embraced her craft and inspired others.

We are informed of the inspiring but difficult relationship with Balanchine. One interview with Balanchine might be of interest to Canadians. The interviewer was a reporter with the CBC (smoking his trademark cigarette) who went on to be the first separatist premier of Quebec - Rene Levesque! When Tanaquil comes down with polio, it is a bitter pill, considering her earlier performance at a polio benefit. This really heightens the sense of tragedy that seems to go part and parcel with great artistic achievement. However, she was not defeated and continued to lead a meaningful and vibrant life.

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