Black Tights (1962) NR CC

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Ballet/dancing film links together choreographies

Starring:
Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Musical
Director Terence Young
Starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer
Supporting actors Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit, Maurice Chevalier, George Reich, Josette Clavier, Dirk Sanders, Bertie Eckhrat, Hans von Manen, Henning Kronstam, France Arnel, Fredbjørn Bjørnsson, Raoul Celada, Josiane Consoli, Claude Jourdan, Léo Lauer, Sally Pierce
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
Format: DVD
"Black Tights" belongs to an exciting part of my childhood which helped create a great love for ballet, opera and film art. So naturally, a DVD presentation of this rare - and at least for me - almost mythical film was something to look forward to! But unfortunately, this KINO presentation leaves much to be desired. I guess that this film is now a public domain title, which means that a negative or at least a perfect print might not be available anywhere. But the print used for DVD-transfer by KINO is often badly worn, especially at the reel change points appearing about every tenth minute - proof that a 70mm print was the base for the transfer. Considering this, the sound quality is surprisingly bad and the aspect ratio is not correct. (It should measure 2,2:1 if properly made.)Thankfully, the colors have not faded too badly (some reels display quite a gorgeous palette), but contrasts are weak, and scratches and dirt sometimes overwhelm the image to a point where you almost feel like throwing the disc in the nearest garbage can! But...it's still a rare and nostalgic film with lots of camp value and some very charismatic dancing stars, so it stays in the collection, if reluctantly. It will be interesting to see what the upcoming version from VCI will look like. I have no high hopes this time though! There surely must exist a better kept print somewhere in the world! Shame on KINO! They should have included a warning sticker on the package: For die-hard fans and fools only!
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: DVD
I was really looking forward to the DVD version of this film. Too bad Kino didn't take the time to clean the picture and fix the audio. I guess I shouldn't complain. Ballet is so rare on DVD, I will grab any I can find. But a film with Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Zizi Jeanmarie and Roland Petit deserves a better presentation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Rink on February 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I am a lifelong fan of Cyd Charisse and consider her the very best female dancer hollywood has ever produced - she never disappoints and her feature is the best of the DVD. Moira Shearer, whom I also like but know less of, is also wonderful in her way, vulnerable and graceful. I found Roland Petit's Cyrano (ballet, not his performance) a bit convoluted - a lot of material to get into a feauterette. Zizi Jeanmarie is the epitome of the French dancer and the ballet itself the epitome of what we foreigners think Paris was back in the early 20th centura.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Kara Russell VINE VOICE on July 22, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Some have quibbles with the quality of the visuals on this DVD, but every version has some problems, because the film this was made from was almost lost ... I'm jut happy to be able to see it in any form - it's a really important moment of ballet & ballet film history.

4 ballets here, all very different, with different strengths.
The Diamond Muncher - an unusual "modern" fable with marvelous melodies, especially the pas de duex. With Zizi Jeanmaire
Cyranno - A lyric production that uses techniqes developed by the Archers, some slow-mo layering in the night time sequence... so very fitting to have Moira Shearer play Roxanne in this. This one has really memororable visuals.
24 hour mourning - Is a truly funny story of a gold-digger played with fantastic articulation and fun by gorgeous Cyd Charisse ... It is a selfish and playful role with really witty choreograpy - esp. in the duel sequence. The almost di-rigeur ballet strip sequence for her. But done with great humor and still G rated.
Carmen - The most traditional of the bunch, this is just a really solid and interesting version of the ballet based on the opera... it stretches boundaries, because some of the flamenco is really hard to translate to ballet, but Zizi is the right woman for it.... and some of these sequences are almost NOT G... the pas de deux is about as suggestive as ballet has ever gotten.

It's a tour de force for the Paris Ballet, and it is joy that it has not been lost entirely. It is also a time capsule of a very specific time in choreography, and in the filming of ballet. Not to be missed for balletomaines!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stanley on March 1, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I read all the reviews about what a horrible transfer to dvd this movie was and I more than agree - infact I've got a couple of my own comments to make. Not only is the image fuzzy but there is something wrong with the actual motion picture aspect that the transfer completely messed up. The picture does not flow at the required pace to depict real motion. Its as if they removed every other frame from the original film causing the motion to constantly jump rather than flow as it should do. Now you can defend this all you want by saying it is the last existing copy of a nearly lost work of art. But to take something as graceful as ballet and have the motion completely screwed up is like the audio equivalent of having Jerry Lewis provide Elvis Presley's voice in Jailhouse Rock (Ok I admit that's a strange comparison). I bought the Reel Classic Film version and I know of two other distributers who released this film and I'm wondering if the other versions are just as motion deprived? I saw a VHS version once and don't recall it having any motion problems. I really think the dvd release does not just suffer from bad original material but instead from a low budgit release. Also, I question the identity of some of the people who sanction these flaws and wonder if they are some how involved with their production.
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