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The White Crow (2018)

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The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.

Director:

Ralph Fiennes

Writers:

David Hare (screenplay), Julie Kavanagh (Inspired by her book: "Rudolf Nureyev: The Life")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Ivenko ... Rudolf Nureyev
Ralph Fiennes ... Pushkin
Louis Hofmann ... Teja Kremke
Adèle Exarchopoulos ... Clara Saint
Sergei Polunin ... Yuri Soloviev
Olivier Rabourdin ... Alexinsky
Raphaël Personnaz ... Pierre Lacotte
Chulpan Khamatova ... Xenia
Zach Avery ... Michael Jones
Mar Sodupe ... Helena Romero
Calypso Valois Calypso Valois ... Claire Motte
Aleksey Morozov Aleksey Morozov ... Strizhevsky
Nebojsa Dugalic ... Konstantin Sergeyev
Igor Filipovic Igor Filipovic ... Trofimkin
Yves Heck ... Jagaud-Lachaume
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Storyline

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 Anonymous B

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In 1961, A Dazzling Rudolf Nureyev Arrives in Paris and Makes a Choice That Changes His Life Forever

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, graphic nudity, and language. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France | Serbia

Language:

Russian | English | French

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The White Crow See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,782, 28 April 2019

Gross USA:

$1,828,784
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When interviewed in 1961 about why he wanted to flee Russia, Nureyev said, "it is a life of bullying, for the artist as for everyone else, but most of all for the artist. When I was a student at ballet school, I was told what to think, what to read, how to spend my spare time, and who could be my friends. . . . Private life in the Soviet Union is impossible." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rudolf Nureyev: 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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Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Ralph Fiennes/Nervy (2019) See more »

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a beautiful, touching story
24 July 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

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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