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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 »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

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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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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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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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 Harry Saltzman: Showman (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

THE RITE OF SPRING
(excerpts)
Composed by Igor Stravinsky
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Tempestuous characters embalmed in a backstage melodrama...
8 December 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Acclaimed ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, the "Polish peasant" who became the toast of Europe in the early 1900s, isn't very well served by this meandering biography which looks and sounds good but seems internally stultified. Nijinsky (played as a spoiled child by newcomer George De La Pena) attempts to extend his talents to the choreography of his latest showcase, under the tutelage of his lover and partner Sergei Diaghilev (Alan Bates), but cracks under the enormous pressure to be brilliant; meanwhile, a budding ballerina schemes her way into Nijinsky's arms after the star and his impresario have a romantic falling-out. Director Herbert Ross, apparently still riding the high from his 1977 ballet-themed drama "The Turning Point", has no new ideas on how to stage an electrifying or kinetic dance performance; the music direction is strong, however the magic of a timeless presentation is missing (what should have been the movie's strongest asset is in fact its weakest link). The temperament of artists in general is well-observed (if a bit over-the-top), however the love story between dancer and producer fails to come off. 1980 may still have been too early in the game to show passion between two men; Ross gives us a chaste rendering of it, followed by what seems like years of sniping and jealousy between the couple. Leslie Browne (a hold-over from "The Turning Point") never begins to suggest the cunning ambitions of a woman who hoped to 'change' Nijinsky', while the passion in that heterosexual union is confined to a single scene. What was everyone so bashful about? A brilliant little light show during the end credits is far more sparkling than anything in the rest of the film! *1/2 from ****


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