A BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Royal Ballet adaptation directed by Paul Czinner, this celebrated 1966 production features mesmerisingly vulnerable performances from both Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn as Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Four years into their joint tenure at the Royal Ballet (Nureyev as Principal Dancer and Fonteyn as Prima Ballerina), this production unequivocally captures on film one of the greatest artistic partnerships of the twentieth century.A ballet masterpiece on many levels from Prokofiev's stunning score to Kenneth MacMillan's exquisite choreography Romeo & Juliet is presented here as a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.SPECIAL FEATURES:Original theatrical trailerImage galleryOriginal promotional material PDFs
Perhaps the most popular ballet video ever released, this version of Tchaikovsky's beloved work stars one of the most famous classical dance partnerships of all time, Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. Nureyev choreographed this production for the Vienna State Opera Ballet. No ballet lover can afford to be without this DVD, which finds two icons of the 20th-century dance in magnificent form. Ballet authority John Lanchbery, former music director of the Sadler's Wells and Royal Ballet companies, as well as of America Ballet Theatre and Australian Ballet, conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's enchanting score.
Premier ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev makes his acting debut in this lavish story of the life of the famous silent screen actor Rudolph Valentino who caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets upon his death. Controversial director Ken Russell lavishly recreates the glitzy and decadent atmosphere of the roaring 20's and the presence of Nureyev as Valentino imbues the film with passion rarely found in Hollywood.
Controversial British director Ken Russell (Women in Love, The Devils) tells the story of one of the silver screen's greatest legends, Rudolf Valentino, in this flamboyant and sexually-charged film. Starring world-famous ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as the adored silent screen actor of the early Hollywood age, Valentino explore the stars humble beginnings as an immigrant in the United States, where he worked for a minimal wage before becoming a New York City gigolo. We then follow him to California, where his good looks allow him to seduce respected actresses. Eventually, his famous lovers help him become a leading man, and he quickly ascends to stardom where he can't escape the media's questions about his past and sexuality. Previously unavailable on Blu-ray, Valentino is an enthralling biopic from one of Britain's most distinctive and celebrated filmmakers.
Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn created one of the most memorable partnerships in ballet history. This documentary features clips of the dynamic duo's most popular performances including the pas de deux from ""Le Corsaire"" and ""Swan Lake"" and excerpts from ""Romeo and Juliet"" and ""Les Sylphides"".
An Evening With The Royal BalletExcerpts from four different ballets danced by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev one of the most successful dance partnerships of modern times filmed at the peak of their creative genius with the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet.Les SylphidesLe CorsaireLa Valsethe Sleeping Beauty (Act 3 Aurora's Wedding)Filmed at Royal Opera House Covent Garden London.
A biographical record of Rudolf Nureyev's dedication which enabled him to climb to fame as the world's foremost male ballet dancer.
A ballet in three acts by Rudolf Nureyev from the Palais Garnier. The story follows the doomed love affair between a warrior and a bayadere who is later killed by her rival...
The story of Raymonda takes place in the Middle-Ages and is set in the south of France. Raymonda is a young noblewoman waiting for the return of her fianc Jean de Brienne a knight who is on a crusade in the Holy Land. Meanwhile however the Saracen knight Abderachman appears on the scene and first of all pays her court but then uses force to try and make her bend to his will. Thanks to the warning and help of a ghost who is thought to be an ancestor and patron saint of her family
Rudolf Nureyev plays the role of Rudolph Valentino - the much-loved silent screen actor who caused mass hysteria rioting in the streets and even suicides after his untimely death.
The legendary Rudolf Nureyev stars in this classic ballet.
Their Complete Bell Telephone Hour Performances (1961 - 67)
TchaikovskyThe Sleeping BeautyBallet in Three ActsPrincess Aurora - Veronica TennantPrince Florimund - Rudolf NureyevKing Florestan - Charles KirbyThe Queen - Susan MenckCatalabutte - Simon SemonoffCarabosse - Celia FrancaThe Lilac Fairy - Kristine SoleriThe Bluebird - Frank AugustynPrincess Florine - Karen KainSoloists Artists and Orchestra of the National Ballet of CanadaGeorge Crum conductor
The Glory of the Kirov assembles footage from a variety of Russian sources--some of it, including moments from the early careers of famous defectors such as Nureyev and Baryshnikov, was previously suppressed and thought lost. The Kirov Ballet and Opera of St. Petersburg, and their earlier incarnation as the Maryinsky, have always been the Bolshoi's principal Russian rival and an impressive nursery of talent. This profile includes silent footage of the Ballet Russe's Tamara Karsavina doing her barre exercises as well as a classic extract from Ulanova's White Swan pas de deux in the 1940s. The 1960s are heavily represented here with extracts from Glazunov's Raymonda and Khatchaturian's Spartacus as well as even more famous repertory such as Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Petipa's choreography for Le Corsaire. There are also two versions of Fokine's Dying Swan, one from Olga Moiseyeva and a performance from Makarova whose sublimity almost makes us forget the tasteless arrangement of the Saint-Saens score for strings and Hollywood choir. This disc encapsulates the greatness of Russian ballet in its Soviet period as well as some of its lapses of taste. --Roz Kaveney
Patricia Foy's absorbing Rudolf Nureyev--A Documentary, a portrait of surely the most committed and versatile dancer in the history of ballet, was made in 1991, two years before his death. It is as much the study of a life apart as a profile of a tireless jet-setting artist. His career took him from poverty-stricken provincial childhood to life as a student at the Kirov, through defection to the West in 1961 and on to the great classical roles on the world's most famous stages, a sublime professional partnership with Margot Fonteyn and a fascinating evolution as a supreme exponent of modern dance. And through it all, Foy's film suggests that for all Nureyev's desire to be a member of the corps, he always felt isolated. The dancer himself concludes by saying he never felt a part of society. This would be all too melancholy but for the rich cast of assembled contributors who shed light on his mercurial character and artistic intelligence, and the unexpected charm of a man often tagged "difficult" in the wretched tradition of show business cliché. Best of all, though, is the extended archive footage, which testifies to his extraordinarily athleticism and sheer grace. Never has the human form looked so fluid in motion. --Piers Ford
This stunningly photographed and highly acclaimed film traces the last 10 years in the life of the legendary dancer Rudolph Nuryev one of the most impoprtant artistic figures of the 20th century. Through the testimony of those that were closest to him 'Dancing Through The Dark' tells the compelling story: starting with his controversial appointment in 1983 to restore the decaying Paris Opera Ballet followed by the terrible news that he was HIV positive right through to his death in 1983. During his silent fight with this horrific disease Nureyev suffered much but continued to work right up until his death. This is a documentary about the power of one man's creative vision a genius trapped in a dying body a film about sex lies bitter jealousy and money. Above all it shows one man's struggle with morality a man who literally tried to cheat death by doing what he loved.
A 1968 made for television version of The Nutcracker performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden choreographed and produced by as well as starring Rudolf Nureyev and the Royal Ballet. Music by Tchaikovsky.
Rudolf Nureyev's 1984 production of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' when he became director of the Paris Opera Ballet
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