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Balanchine (2004)

George Balanchine  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Balanchine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019G8BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,485 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Through rare archival footage, this program traces Balanchine's life from his youth at the Maryinsky Theater, to his creation of the New York City Ballet.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great archival footage! April 7, 2004
By A Customer
I saw this documentary when it was on public television, and it was fabulous. I have read a lot about Balanchine and his dancers, and actually seeing them was amazing. There is even footage of Pavlova and Tanaquil LeClerq dancing in their prime. A definite must-see for ballet and Balanchine enthusiasts!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Balanchine's work February 25, 2006
Since I knew little about either the life or the work of Balanchine, I really enjoyed this documentary. I had no idea he was so instrumental in bringing ballet to the United States. My main complaint was that the film was too short. We found out almost nothing about the dancers Balanchine worked with, and we saw only snippets of the ballets. I thought it particularly odd that although Suzanne Farrell appeared in dozens of clips, more than any other ballerina, nothing at all was said about her.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Completely impersonal biography January 22, 2005
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I've never seen a biography that contained less personal information about its subject. This DVD, for example, never mentions Balanchine's marriages to the dancers Maria Tallchief and Tanquil leClerc, or his obsession with the forty-years-younger Suzanne Farrell. These relationships are important for more than just gossipy reasons - all three women had a significant effect on his work. There are some good performance clips on the DVD, but the selection is oddly biased: lots and lots of Peter Martins, but never a glimpse of Edward Villella. A fine "starter CD" for those just learning about Balanchine, but frustrating for fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, moving October 31, 2009
By toronto
I bought this, knowing nothing about Balanchine, and by the end I was completely hooked on him and everything he did. The whole documentary was beautifully put together, and the dancing was sublime. The best thing about it were the moments when he found a new graceful movement for his dancers out of the traditional forms (Serenade was particularly moving). You have a sense of someone always thinking, always working. The greatest moment I think was the end of the Prodigal Son, so completely unexpected. You come away in awe -- no doubt about his genius, none whatsoever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Balanchine February 9, 2009
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This is an exceptional video. I used it in a class I was doing about dance and it was enjoyed by all. The biography on balanchine was very informative and the dancing was very beautiful. I have seen many performances of ballets corographed by Balanchine and enjoyed being able to watch him dance and work with the dancers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Balanchine's work October 15, 2009
By Reader
This documentary is must see for anyone and everyone who loves classical and modern ballet choreographed by the master choreographer George Balanchine. It is as much story about his life as it is story about Balanchine'e relationship with composer Stravinsky who arranged many of the modern pieces Balanchine created. It is also a story about creation of the two biggest ballet houses in the United States: American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.

In the course of the documentary there are pieces of some of the most memorable works Balanchine created performed by American prima ballerinas who were his muses, wives and treasure of american ballet history.

Being that ballet is visual art and in a sense pagan since there is no way to "memorize" each movement - one can only improvise on creations of others or create new pieces, this documentary is important document to the legacy of one man's work that created performing art with american tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Balanchine May 13, 2013
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I ordered 3 Balanchine videos and this was by far the best of them all!!! Highly recommend to others who want to see a great video about this man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into genius
Loved watching the history, background, and clips of ballet.
Learned a lot and it was a glimpse into genius.
Published 28 days ago by Caroline Lathrop
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanchine the Father of blended Russian and American Ballet.
Balanchine was the Russian who brought his ballet to America to blend the two styles of ballet into the dance he both choreographed, taught, and created for us with just the right... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miriomnibus
5.0 out of 5 stars a joy to watch, over and over again
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Published 2 months ago by Sandi Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! This is absolutely fabulous.
This is simply amazing! Extremely well produced, with long video clips of Balanchine ballets. I couldn't stop watching! Thank God for the people who captured these ballets! Read more
Published 23 months ago by iloveequus
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanchine's Own Words
Loved the many comments by Balanchine himself. Having enjoyed many of his ballets and reading Bernard Taper's Biography over the years, this was a wonderful blend of the master's... Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by MJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Balanchine
This is a wonderful biography of the life and works of Balanchine. I teach a class on critical thinking and movement and I use this to show how this man thought and translated... Read more
Published on November 7, 2011 by G Mohr
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous archives of Balanchine
Balanchine's legacy is passed on through this beautiful historical documentary about one of ballet's greatest choreographers. The scope of his work is amazing.
Published on January 13, 2008 by Patricia A. Renzetti
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