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Bizet - Carmen Ballet / Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zizi Jeanmarie


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  • Actors: Roland Petit, Zizi Jeanmarie, Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: 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)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9HVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Ballet superstars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Zizi Jeanmaire sizzle in this erotically charged ballet set to the music and story of Carmen.

Customer Reviews

The principals, as well as the supporting cast, are very impressive.
J. M WILINSKY
I could only see the men's faces and the color of the womendancing because their coustumes were in beautiful clolors.
T. Ellerman
So sad, because all the dancers, including the ballerina, tried so hard to make the piece come together.
King Arthur

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. M WILINSKY VINE VOICE on August 22, 2006
Format: DVD
There are several versions of Carmen ballets on DVD, and they are all interesting in their own ways. This newer version choreographed by Ted Brandsen for the West Australian Ballet is one of my favorites. First of all, the dancing is absolutely fantastic! The principals, as well as the supporting cast, are very impressive. Carmen is danced by Benazir Hussain, and her portrayal is masterfully convincing and seductive, and quite a sight in her bright red shift. All the women wear shifts in bright colors, dance on pointe, and the men wear drab, simple pants and button down shirts. The men are supposed to be soldiers in some army and the women are in the neighborhood. This is one of the most straightforward Carmen ballets. It is also one of the most romantic, as you can see by the cover. The men pursue the women, especially Carmen, and the other women and men get jealous. They fight over each other, and that is about it! But they do so with very beautiful choreography. This has always been a rather short ballet--a little less than an hour. In the beginning of this DVD there is a short introduction with Ted Brandsen explaining his concept, and showing a little rehearsal. His choreography is very classical, with a touch of modernism to tell the story convincingly. The set is very plain and simple. The camera work, image quality, and sound are all excellent. Another nice touch in the DVD production is at the ending curtain call, the name of each and every one of the dancers appears above them, so there is no doubt who is who. It would have been nice to have gotten more interviews and rehearsal footage, since there is plenty of room on the DVD, but it wasn't to be. What we do have is a very valuable contribution to ballet discography, and a joy to behold!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By danny loya on March 10, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
First of all - it's a good ballet. Very nice music, some examples of virtuosity Baryshnikov style, nice corps, and some very nice pieces of choreography . However, there are some flows: The choreography - Petit does it sometimes. you see great variations , original movements, and suddenly, out of nowhere , something weird and off-putting , that leaves you wondering what t'hell happened just now... . There are several examples of this phenomenon in this ballet. Baryshnikov - is young , arrow sharp (check out the first act solo ) , and if it was another dancer I would write he was very good. However, he is not your ordinary dancer , and should answer to a higher (probably the highest) standard of criticism. The main problem is that he is just too boyish, and a certain lack of authority is evident . when he grew older Baryshnikov has improved considerably in this respect . So it's a shame we ca'nt see him about 6-7 years older. carmen herself - is just too old. she ca'nt keep up with the others. besides that - I do'nt like her (somtimes cabaret like) style of dancing.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on February 25, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Carmen is a great ballet with the talented Roland Petite as choreographer. I first watched ZiZi dance it in The Black Tights when I was a teenager. I thought she was fabulous then -- sexy, sultry and seductive.Her technique was flawless. Now decades later, when I watched her again dancing with Baryshnikov, I couldn't help sighing sentimentally,' Ah, the cruelty of passing time!' Faded is her beauty,gone is her vibrancy and allure, missing is some of the difficult and fancy footwork which makes the ballet so pleasing and exciting. Why did they put her opposite the golden Adonis? The age disparity is made more obvious. There is a lack of spark or passion between them. It is unconvincing that he is madly in love with her.It makes sense that The Paris Opera Ballet makes 40 the mandatory retirement age for their ballerinas since more or less they will lose their stamina. If you had watched the video 'Ballerina: Karen Kain 'in which are excepts from Carmen, you would understand what I mean and would not think of me as being harsh and unfair. There are so many productions of Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote ...etc in Video and DVD. Why is there only one Carmen? I really look forward to seeing more.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michele on September 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
For Baryshnikov fans, this particular ballet does not showcase Misha's virtuostic gifts. Roland Petit's choreography is over-the-top throughout the ballet. In some of the dance sequences, the corps de ballet speaks (in French, of course). This makes a serious story come off silly which was probably not Petit's intent. For such a natural dancer as Baryshnikov, he looks somewhat uncomfortable in the choreography although the role of Don Jose fits him quite well. Zizi Jeanmarie does not make a convincing Carmen at her age and the chemistry between Baryshnikov and Jeanmarie is lacking. For Baryshnikov fans, "Don Quixote" or "Baryshnikov Dances Sinatra" will more likely please you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rsoonsa VINE VOICE on June 1, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
This five scene ballet, based upon Bizet's 1875 opera, was choreographed by Roland Petit for his dance partner and wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, who premiered the character of the Spanish gypsy in 1949, Petit partnering her as Don José. In this film made 30 years after for Canadian television, ballet buffs will enjoy a 56 year old Jeanmaire as she reprises her part, while in this instance her partner is Mikhail Baryshnikov, artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre, who fills the role created by Petit, supported by the latter's troupe, Le Ballet National de Marseille, an organisation that he helmed for 26 years. Some critics have expressed disdain for Jeanmaire's essay here, obviously having persuaded themselves that she was too old to play Carmen, specially when she was paired with an ebulliently callow Baryshnikov at the height of his terpsichorean powers. Howbeit, the part is vested in her, and she fluently segues between the emotional plums that Petit has cleverly constructed, switching from one mood to another, all the while having complete command of the impassioned character, her favourite to dance. There have been past a score of Carmen ballets formed upon Bizet's ever-popular work, a census of these revealing that each is married closely with the original. In any event, this meridian of Petit's choreographic career has consistently packed the greatest punch for a good many audiences, and although he and Jeanmaire had filmed CARMEN elsewise, this concise (44 min.) production must be ranked near the top of the entire assemblage. For it is here that Petit utilises that to which he has referred as his own "ambience", a blend of skills that includes more than dancing, as his well-drilled performers are trained to both sing and mime.Read more ›
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