By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:36 AM EDT
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Ballets Russes: Geller/Goldfine Productions

Ballets Russes

B+
type
  • Movie
genre

From the 1930s through the 1960s, two internationally renowned dance companies claimed to be the famous ballet troupe entitled to call itself Ballets Russes — founded in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev, then split into rival factions that pitted ballerina against dainty competitor, passionate fan against fan. Ballets Russes, a classical, elegiac film directed with a choreographer’s eye by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, lets some of those dancers, now specimens of elegant aging (a few have since died), tell the story of a grand moment in high-art culture. The archival footage is so breathtaking, the reminiscences so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can’t help but be swept up by this peek into such exquisite, now vanished glamour.

Ballets Russes

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 118 minutes
director
  • Daniel Geller
  • Dayna Goldfine

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