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Nijinsky (1980)

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong ... See full summary »

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Herbert Ross

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Hugh Wheeler (screenplay), Romola Nijinsky (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Sergei Diaghilev
George De La Pena ... Vaslav Nijinsky
Leslie Browne ... Romola de Pulsky
Alan Badel ... Baron de Gunzburg
Carla Fracci Carla Fracci ... Tamara Karsavina
Colin Blakely ... Vassili
Ronald Pickup ... Igor Stravinsky
Ronald Lacey ... Leon Bakst
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Sergei Grigoriev
Jeremy Irons ... Mikhail Fokine
Frederick Jaeger ... Gabriel Astruc
Anton Dolin Anton Dolin ... Maestro Cecchetti
Janet Suzman ... Emilia Marcus
Stephan Chase ... Adolph Bolm
Hetty Baynes Hetty Baynes ... Magda
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Storyline

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong premier ballet dancer and aspiring choreographer of the Ballets Russes. The company is managed by the famous Sergei Diaghilev, a controlling and fiercely possessive impresario. The increasing tension between these powerful egos, exacerbated by homosexual desire and jealousy, becomes triangular when the young ballerina Romola de Pulsky determinedly attempts to draw the increasingly mentally unstable Nijinsky away from Diaghilev. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@pch.gc.ca>

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Taglines:

The First Ten Minutes of This Motion Picture Will Shock You. Then its beauty and human emotions will overwhelm you. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nijinsky, a sua História See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,047,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,047,454
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Production Co:

Hera Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Russell was offered to direct. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Final (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

INVITATION TO THE DANCE
from "Le Spectre de la Rose"
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
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Deserves a wider audience
25 April 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Purportedly factual biography of head strong and gay ballet dancer Nijinsky (George De La Pena). It deals with his slow descent into madness and his love for his manager (Alan Bates).

Lavish, well-done movie. I saw it way back in 1980 on opening night in a huge theatre in Boston. It was virtually empty. It was publicized to the hilt but it seems nobody had an interest in a ballet movie. Too bad. It was well-acted and the dancing by Pena was just superb.

My only complaint is the ridiculous R rating. It was given that because of a few (mild) kisses between Pena and Bates. Back in 1980 male on male kisses was enough to give a film an R rating and Hollywood wouldn't go any farther in portraying a gay relationship (purportedly Pena, who is straight, was petrified of doing these scenes). Everything else is PG material here. The rating really should be lowered for wider acceptance.

Worth catching.


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