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Ballerina (2006)

Alina Somova , Svetlana Zakharova , Bertrand Norman  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Evgenia Obraztsova
  • Directors: Bertrand Norman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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)
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025Z4Q4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ballerina" on IMDb

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  • Filmmaker Biography
  • Dance Film Gallery

Editorial Reviews


Highest rating! It's like having a front row seat at some of the best ballet you'll ever see. A superb, beautiful film. --KCBS Radio, San Francisco

A surprisingly intimate portrait of what it means to be a ballerina...captures their fragility, and ferocity. --Time Out NY

Critic's Pick! A striking lesson in ballet's rigorous aesthetic alchemy. --Village Voice

Product Description

In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes a portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre (also known as the Kirov).

Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour that comes from decades of training and practice. Superstars like Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Pavlova established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The five dancers profiled in this revealing film are tough, insightful and exceptionally talented; onstage they reveal no hint of the sweat, pain and hard work of the rehearsal studio. From Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, from the backstage studio to performing on stages around the world, Ballerina captures the sublime beauty of ballet, in all its resplendent glory.

Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova & Evgenia Obraztsova

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Documentary January 15, 2012
By tk
From the opening scene of beautiful St. Petersberg in winter, with Tchaikovsky's
"Winter Dreams" symphony in the sound track, I was mesmerized. I have little
knowledge of ballet but am quite familiar with symphonic music. I found this
documentary enchanting and educational. There were brief snips from about eight ballets.
I like that they noted the composer and the the choreographer on each snip.
This is an excellent dvd for ballet novices. Experts in the field may prefer more
detail and analysis but most viewers should enjoy this. It inspired me to begin
attending live performances and to educate myself about the art form. This film
is almost at the level of the Ballet Russe film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty March 13, 2011
By Erin
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I was expecting more, but this might be because of having just bought 'The Dancer' which is a much more in intimate experience, behind the scenes. I loved the cross-section of truly talented ballerinas that were featured. I wish there had been more backstage, warming up moments. And I'd also wished their had been more scenes dancing. The ballerinas talked a little more than I'd liked. Dance is best explained thru watching dance. That said, I've watched 5x since I got it two weeks ago, so it does fulfill the ballerina 'fix' when you need one. I'm glad I bought it. I do absolutely love the ballerinas in it. I love how when a ballerina takes off her toe shoes and just walks down the street you can't tell what a tower of strength and determination she is, she seems just like a regular girl.... it's like having a super-power. Lovely women, all.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Ballet Video November 7, 2011
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This film is both enchanting and enlightening. How wonderful to be able to witness the Kirov dancers as they are today. For so many years, while it was a great company it seemed rather a museum piece. They have definitely entered the 21st century!! The film bears watching and rewatching. The dancers are delightful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love it! June 17, 2011
By Gailsie
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If you love superb ballet performance this is a MUST SEE documentary.

Next I invest in Magical Russian Ballets, I think?
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