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No performer on the world stage received so much acclaim and publicity as Rudolf Nureyev and no one gave away so little about their private life and thinking. In this television biography made some twelve months before his death in 1993 Nureyev tells his own story in his own words and recalls turning points in his career. The programme traces Nureyev''s life starting out from his home town of Ufa in the shadow of the Ural Mountains half way between Moscow and Siberia. When filming took place there Ufa had changed very little since his departure thirty years before. The school was still there and so was the modest wooden house which his family shared with two others. The green curtains still hung at the old theatre where he saw the ballet performance which changed the course of his life. Nureyev''s sister his head mistress and the dance teacher who first discovered him (101 years old at the time this programme was made) all recall the solitary rebel. At the Kirov Theatre the prima ballerina who was his first partner remembers the student who emerged as the most brilliant dancer of his generation. The cameras were also allowed to film Nureyev on his Mediterranean island of Li Galli which once belonged to another Russian dancer Massine. Nureyev''s dancing career has been extensively chronicled on film and television. This definitive biography incorporates extensive archive material and documents Nureyev''s career with footage of his greatest roles and the most important events in his life

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Film biography of the world's most famous ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, made a year before his death in 1993. The film follows Nureyev as he travels back to Ufa, the town in the foothills of Russia's Ural Mountains where he grew up, and includes the recollections of his sister, his former headmistress, the dance teacher who first discovered his talents (101 years old at the time this programme was made), and the prima ballerina at the Kirov Theatre who was Nureyev's first dancing partner.

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