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 Post subject: Ballet Russe DVD release
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:46 pm 

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³Ballets Russes is the most emotionally satisfying documentary since Mad Hot
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

³So breathtaking... so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can¹t help but
be swept up by this peek into
such exquisite, now vanished glamour.²
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

³Graceful and fascinating... a marvelous story of mid-century show business.
Impeccable! Invigorating!²
A.O. Scott, New York Times

³One of the best documentaries of 2005!²
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

³Wonderful! Thrilling! Joyous, touching! Makes you feel, well, like


Fame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war,!



Following its smash theatrical run in over 150 North American cities, Dan
Geller and Dana Goldfyne¹s crowd-pleasing and critically adored documentary
Ballets Russes bows on DVD on September 12, 2006 with a host of dazzling
extras, including:

€ Gorgeous 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen TVs
€ ³Encores²: A 55-minute, four-part series of additional behind-the-scenes,
rehearsal and interview footage with
the Ballets Russes dancers and collaborators
€ Additional rare archival footage, including classic Ballets Russes
performances of Swan Lake, Giselle, and
€ Extensive archival photo galleries of Ballets Russes stars, additional
Ballets Russes dancers and vintage Ballets
Russes playbill covers
€ Original theatrical trailer
€ Ballets Russes Easter Egg
€ English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

>From its turn-of-the-century conception by the late, great impresario Serge
Diaghilev, the Ballet Russe captured the hearts of audiences across Europe,
catapulting dance into the forethought of every culturati¹s imagination, and
singularly creating some of the most endearing ballets of the 20th century.
Upon Diaghilev¹s untimely death, critics proclaimed ³the end of ballet.²
>From this bitter shadow, not one, but two competing companies would emerge:
Original Ballet Russe, and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo who at their
heights rivaled even the most glamorous Hollywood stars in both celebrity
and fame, while simultaneously thrusting modern ballet into an unparalleled
international sensation and collaborating with such masters as Picasso,
Miro, and Matisse.

Covering more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary
artists, Ballets Russes tells the story of the extraordinary blend of
Russian, American, European and Latin Americans who, in collaboration with
the greatest choreographers, composers and designers of the first half of
the 20th century, transformed ballet from mere music hall diversion to a
true art form. From 1909 to 1962, Ballets Russes companies brought their
popular, groundbreaking and often controversial choreographies to big cities
and small towns around the world. Along the way, these artistic visionaries
left their mark on virtually every other area of art and culture ­ from
stage design, painting and music to Hollywood and Broadway. They also put
the first African-American and Native American ballerinas on the stage.

Seamlessly mixing intimate interviews with surviving members of the Ballets
Russes companies (now in their 70s, 80s and 90s) with rare archival
materials and motion picture footage, Ballets Russes traces the triumphant
story of the companies, and the extraordinary individuals who danced in
them. Infectious and heartwarming, this crowd pleasing gem is sure to make
the most resolute tutu-phobe among us dance with joy!

For over fifteen years, Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna
Goldfine have jointly created critically-acclaimed multi-character
documentary narratives that braid their characters¹ individual personal
stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. In Ballets
Russes they fuse this approach with the performance and archival style of
their 1988 award-winning Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul, to make a
documentary that operates at both an emotional and an intellectual level; a
movie that will appeal not only to dance lovers, but to a broad general
audience. Geller and Goldfine¹s work also includes Now and Then: From Frosh
to Seniors, Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S, and
FROSH: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994) which was nominated by the DGA
for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in the Documentary Form.

³They introduced thousands of people to ballet. The first ballet company I
ever saw was the Ballets Russes. And I was hooked on dance.²
--Jack Anderson, New York Times Dance Critic

Ballets Russes
US € 2005 € 118 mins € Color and B&W € In English € Aspect ratio 1.85:1 €
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