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

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Ralph Fiennes

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

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Country:

UK | France | Serbia

Language:

Russian | English | French

Release Date:

22 March 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,782, 28 April 2019

Gross USA:

$1,828,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,622,595
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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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What a legend!
21 June 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

A biopic about Rudolf Nureyev: gifted with an exemplary technique, he is considered as the greatest classical dancer and as one of the greatest choreographers.

The actors Oleg Ivenko and Chulpan Khamatova are excellent whereas Ralph Fiennes is magnificent with a masterful interpretation of Alexander Pushkin, with restraint and sensitivity. He literally impressed me! Nevertheless, as a director, Ralph Fiennes is less convincing. He excessively insists on the haughty and unpleasant character of Rudolf Nureyev, to such a point that we almost want to slap him. In addition, the manifold alternations between the trip to Paris in 1961 (the present time) and the flashbacks (his childhood in a poor family and his debut as a dancer) are almost disturbing. I would have appreciated that Ralph Fiennes develops these different points: 1) An evocation of the trip to Vienna in 1959, formerly Western Europe, followed by a formal ban on all abroad travel formulated by the Russian Minister of Culture, which could have explained, without justifying, the oppressive and stifling behavior of the KGB members, in Paris in 1961. 2) A less dark presentation of the Soviet Union reduced to KGB members as obtuse as omnipotent. Indeed, at the beginning of the 60s, the Soviet aura was supreme: culture, science, geopolitical influence, ... For instance, the dramatic Nureyev's defection at the Paris Le Bourget Airport happened just two months after the Bay of Pigs invasion which was a significant failure for Kennedy's US foreign policy and a strong reinforcement of the relations between Cuba and the Soviet Union.

As a synthesis, the movie is excellently interpreted but the realization is slightly muddleheaded. 6/7 of 10.


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