This striking and moving documentary from BAFTA nominated directors Jacqui and David Morris traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev. From his birth in the 5th class carriage of a ... See full summary »
Director Ralph Fiennes captures the raw physicality and brilliance of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. With his magnetic presence, Nureyev emerged as ballet's most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB.Written by
Ralph Fiennes originally did not want to be in the movie, knowing from experience how difficult it could be to both direct and act. But as he tried to get financing for the film he kept being asked if he was going to be in it, and when he said no, "I could see the light fading behind their eyes," because there were no other major names in it, "so finally I folded." See more »
In a scene showing a close up of Nureyev's foot performing a tendu, the shoe he is wearing is a white split sole ballet slipper, a shoe that did not exist in the 1960s. Split sole ballet technique shoes have only been on the dance scene since the mid 1990s. See more »
I can live anywhere. Remember, I was born on a train. I feel I will never return to my country. But, I may never be happy in the US.
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I love Rudolf Nureyev. And this film gives to me the expected portrait of him. Dramatic, precise, cold, poetic. Three pillars are remarkable- Ralph Fieenes, giving a splendid performance as Pushkin and the desired , from him, direction. Oleg Ivenko, doing a great job in the lead role. And the atmosphere. Sure, it is far to be perfect, the clash between present and images of childhood and early youth being too ...brutal but the portrait of Nureyev is well crafted, sensitive in nuances. As Eastern, I do not expect from an Western director to understand the nuances of the Soviet universe . But the obvious love for ballet of Ralph Fiennes is the key of the beauty, delicate , precise beauty of this film. And, maybe, it is essential fact.
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