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Nijinsky (1980)

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Hugh Wheeler (screenplay), Romola Nijinsky (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Sergei Diaghilev
George De La Pena ... Vaslav Nijinsky
Leslie Browne ... Romola de Pulsky
Alan Badel ... Baron de Gunzburg
Carla Fracci Carla Fracci ... Tamara Karsavina
Colin Blakely ... Vassili
Ronald Pickup ... Igor Stravinsky
Ronald Lacey ... Leon Bakst
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Sergei Grigoriev
Jeremy Irons ... Mikhail Fokine
Frederick Jaeger ... Gabriel Astruc
Anton Dolin Anton Dolin ... Maestro Cecchetti
Janet Suzman ... Emilia Marcus
Stephan Chase ... Adolph Bolm
Hetty Baynes Hetty Baynes ... Magda
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Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong premier ballet dancer and aspiring choreographer of the Ballets Russes. The company is managed by the famous Sergei Diaghilev, a controlling and fiercely possessive impresario. The increasing tension between these powerful egos, exacerbated by homosexual desire and jealousy, becomes triangular when the young ballerina Romola de Pulsky determinedly attempts to draw the increasingly mentally unstable Nijinsky away from Diaghilev. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@pch.gc.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nijinsky, a sua História See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hera Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although he was born in Kiev, Russia, Nijinsky is always referred to as a "Polish peasant". See more »


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JEUX
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Composed by Claude Debussy
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sumptuous ballet film
13 February 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This little-seen film by Herbert Ross chooses to focus on the rise and fall of Vaslav Nijinsky, petulant and superb dancer, and his stormy relationship with his producer-lover, Sergei Diaghilev. This story from with the heart of Ballet Russes has been well-documented before and here we see the descent into madness of a great, if unhinged artist.

George De La Pena plays the title role, and his dancing is a dream. Alan Bates is excellent as Diaghilev, all repressed passion and deep thoughts. The film tries its best to portray this unorthodox relationship with the ballet at its core, but doesn't quite get there - a sign of the times, perhaps? A strength of 'Nijinsky' is the dance sequences which are replicated as they would have originally been performed, right up to the scandalous performance of the Fawn piece. The scenes where the unhappy dancer is confined to an asylum have less power but are as valid as any other sequence in the film.


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