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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 premier... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sergei Diaghilev
... Vaslav Nijinsky
... Romola de Pulsky
... Baron de Gunzburg
Carla Fracci ... Tamara Karsavina
... Vassili
... Igor Stravinsky
... Leon Bakst
... Sergei Grigoriev
... Mikhail Fokine
... Gabriel Astruc
Anton Dolin ... Maestro Cecchetti
... Emilia Marcus
... Adolph Bolm
... 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 danseur and aspiring choreographer of the Ballets Russes. The company is managed by the famous Sergei Diaghilev, himself 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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One of a number of period cinema films that actor Jeremy Irons starred in during his early career. The pictures include Nijinsky (1980), The Mission (1986), The Wild Duck (1984), Swann in Love (1984) ("Swann in Love") and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). See more »

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sumptuous ballet film
13 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This little-seen film by Herbert Ross chooses to focus on the rise and fall of Vaslav Nijinsky, petulant and superb dancer, and his stormy relationship with his producer-lover, Sergei Diaghilev. This story from with the heart of Ballet Russes has been well-documented before and here we see the descent into madness of a great, if unhinged artist.

George De La Pena plays the title role, and his dancing is a dream. Alan Bates is excellent as Diaghilev, all repressed passion and deep thoughts. The film tries its best to portray this unorthodox relationship with the ballet at its core, but doesn't quite get there - a sign of the times, perhaps? A strength of 'Nijinsky' is the dance sequences which are replicated as they would have originally been performed, right up to the scandalous performance of the Fawn piece. The scenes where the unhappy dancer is confined to an asylum have less power but are as valid as any other sequence in the film.


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