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Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2001)

The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (original title)
Dramatization of Russian ballet star Vaclav Nijinsky's diaries which detail his madness as well as his homosexual relationship with Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his marriage to his Hungarian wife.


Paul Cox


Vaslav Nijinsky (diaries), Paul Cox

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Credited cast:
Derek Jacobi ... Nijinsky (voice) (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
Delia Silvan ... Romola
Chris Haywood ... Oscar
Hans Sonneveld Hans Sonneveld ... Doctor
Oliver Streeton Oliver Streeton ... Psychiatrist
Jillian Smith Jillian Smith ... Emilia
Kevin Lucas Kevin Lucas ... Diaghilev
David Gallasch David Gallasch ... Critic
Aanya Whitehead Aanya Whitehead ... Maid
Gabriella Joy Smart Gabriella Joy Smart ... Piano Player
Lisa Heaven Lisa Heaven ... Prostitute
Patricia Cellier Patricia Cellier ... Prostitute
Kyra Cox Kyra Cox ... Little Kyra
Anandine Merino Anandine Merino ... Little Kyra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vicki Attard Vicki Attard ... Le Spectre de la Rose - Dancer


Dramatization of Russian ballet star Vaclav Nijinsky's diaries which detail his madness as well as his homosexual relationship with Ballet Russe impresario Sergei Diaghilev and his marriage to his Hungarian wife.

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Release Date:

25 April 2002 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »


Box Office


AUD 1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,393, 2 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,068, 27 October 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


Music was always a very important element in every Paul Cox film as he believed music to be at the basis of all creativity. Quite often, Cox had the music in place at the start of a film. In this case, there was a lot of existing music from composers including Debussy, Weber, and Stravinsky, which was an integral part of Vaslav Nijinsky's performances. Long time Cox-collaborator Paul Grabowsky wove these famous pieces together with his own original compositions. See more »


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Watched for the dance got a lunatic instead
15 October 2002 | by MikeSee all my reviews

As we listened to Minnesota Public Radio classical music station they mentioned that the University Film board was showing a movie on the life of the famous ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. So my wife and I went intending to learn more about the music and dance of the early 20th century.

What we got, was endless drivelings of a madman, and I'm not talking about Nijinsky. If this is an art film, where's the art? We learn nothing about Nijinsky's life or impact on the dance or music scene in the early 20th century. We find out more about his sexual life than I needed to know, and nothing about his artistic life or contributions or professional collaborations.

The endless repetition of a crane flying overhead, and of foamy mountain streams is way overdone and in the end is a frustrating waste of film and time.

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