Hayden Christensen, who trained extensively in ballet as a child, was first choice to star; however a persistent ankle injury prevented him from being able to perform to the standards demanded by Ralph Fiennes. 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 »
The film centers on the five weeks Nureyev spent in Paris with flashbacks to his childhood. The focus is on his passion for dance - his purpose. The drama is what he had to sacrifice to dance and his self-centerdness to be able to do so. While it is a bit long the dance scenes make up for it as does the acting. Some critics claim it whitewashed Nureyev's personal life but this was not a movie about that. In some ways, it is the perfect bookend to the juggernaut of the Avengers. Why do we seek superheroes in fictional life when there are so many in real life? Nureyev's superpower? He could dance!
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