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An Evening with the Royal Ballet / Nureyev, Fonteyn (1965)

Margot Fonteyn , Rudolf Nureyev , Anthony Asquith , Anthony Havelock-Allan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, David Blair, Antoinette Sibley, Graham Usher
  • Directors: Anthony Asquith, Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • Producers: Richard B. Goodwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: July 31, 2001
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGA9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Evening with the Royal Ballet / Nureyev, Fonteyn" on IMDb

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  • Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn text biographies

Editorial Reviews

In An Evening with the Royal Ballet (1963), Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, the most famous ballet partnership of the 20th century, dance together in the first two numbers, a dreamily romantic treatment of Les Sylphides, with the choreography by Michel Fokine, and a dazzling pas de deux from Le Corsaire. Les Sylphides is treated as an ensemble number, with full involvement by the Covent Garden company as well as graceful solos by the two stars. Le Corsaire, as choreographed by Nureyev, gives him opportunities to display his remarkable technique but also allows Fonteyn to shine.

Neither appears in Frederick Ashton's choreography for La Valse, which gets to the heart of Ravel's music in a visually impressive treatment. In "Aurora's Wedding" from Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Marius Petipa, Fonteyn dances beautifully with David Blair, an excellent Florimund, though not on the Nureyev level. "Aurora's Wedding" has many brilliant solos and, like La Valse, is an impressive showcase for the company. --Joe McLellan

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This historic program immortalizes a gala evening of classical ballet featuring the legendary team of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. An Evening With the Royal Ballet has been critically acclaimed as a chance to view the pinnacle of ballet achievement.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of my favorite videos February 12, 2000
By chaerae
Format:VHS Tape
Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, La Valse, and Sleeping Beauty (Act III)....
Les Sylphides is absolutely magical, the best performance of this ballet I've ever seen. Nureyev gives his usual intense, wonderful performance, and Fonteyn -- words cannot describe the beauty of her every exquisite movement. This ballet is, perfectly suited to her lyrical style. IMO, Fonteyn had the most incredibly expressive arms.... But before I start rambling (or have I already?)....
Le Corsaire is an absolutely brilliant performance from Nureyev, and Fonteyn dances beautifully as well (although her performance is perhaps a bit too subdued in comparison to Nureyev's mindblowing one).
La Valse was probably wonderful to see live, but the magic is kind of lost on film. I think it's one of those ballets you had to see in person.
Sleeping Beauty is a joy to see. Fonteyn is wonderful as usual, and David Blair makes a superb prince, very noble and suave. A young Antoinette Sibley gives an exquisite peerformance in the Blue Bird pas de deux.
A great buy!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVD, wonderful history, wonderful performances! November 30, 2003
By A Customer
Nureyev and Fonteyn! Need I say more? This DVD is sooo valuable for so many reasons! As an historical record, it cannot be surpassed. The performance of "Les Sylphides" is pure Fokine choreography, with a grace and fluidity that is not always present in performance companies these days. The "storyless" ballet is actually about the poet (Nureyev) being inspired by the sylphs who seem to caress his mind with both dreamy visions and moments of ecstasy. This ballet alone is worth the price of admission! For those who want to see the more bravura side of Nureyev, look to the pas de deux from Le Corsaire. Balletomanes will probably recognize that the male technique has advanced remarkably overall since 1963. But still, Nureyev is electric and amazing in this pas de deux. La Valse should be seen just because it is Ravel's music at its most lush and passionate. This may also be the only filmed record of the choreography of this rarely performed ballet. And of course... if you long to see Margot Fonteyn in her true element, the last act of "Sleeping Beauty" is pure delight. All of the divertissement are danced by dancers we now recognize as principal ballerinas... who were mere soloists at the time. Puss in Boots and the Bluebird pas de deux are marvelous reproductions of the original Petipa choreography, and a joy to watch. The costuming, sets, and mannerisms of this ballet definitely take the viewer to a different time and place. Magnificent! Fonteyn is an ageless diamond in this wonderful performance! There are a hundred reasons to buy this DVD, and few detractions. I saw this movie when it was released in theaters back in the 1960s, and the DVD transfer is not without its occasional moments of fuzz, but for the most part it is fantastic. Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good performance July 14, 2005
By Amy
Margot is certainly a wonderful dancer and so is Nureyev. Les Sylphides is beautiful with the tutu's and choreography. I did not like La Valse really though. The Sleeping Beauty was lovely. Margot and David Blaire were excellent and I loved the Bluebird pas de deux. On the whole I really enjoyed it but I also recommend Essential Ballet for people wanting a beautiful dvd of excerpts. It is with the Kirov Ballet and has bits from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita, and quite a few more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legendary Margot Fonteyn March 16, 2012
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I was a ballet student and huge ballet fan growing up in the 60s-70s, and had indulgent parents who would stretch their budget to allow me the occasional journey from Long Island to Manhattan to see visiting and NY ballet companies. I was privileged to personally see a Fonteyn & Nureyev performance with the Royal Ballet, one of their last, of "Marguerite & Armand" at the Met in NY, and she was an aspiring young dancer's dream - beautiful, graceful, classic with perfect form, and what EMOTION; she was the only ballerina I ever saw who put her whole heart and soul into the character, and owned it. It is wonderful that some of this talent is preserved in films like "Evening with the Royal Ballet" and also Czinner's "Royal Ballet," both of which feature Fonteyn in select acts of famous ballets. I have also recently purchased the Fonteyn biography by Meredith Daneman which was interesting but mostly speculation; if you really want to learn about Fonteyn, her art always came first, and it is much better to snap up as many performance DVDs or tapes as you can find like this one, to have a true understanding of this amazing prima ballerina assoluta and why she was so beloved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Par excellence February 10, 2009
A must have for the ballet purist! Especially for those who remember Nureyev and Fonteyn's reign supreme!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanted Evening June 21, 2013
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This is a beautiful production of several ballets that do not disappoint! Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev give unforgettable performances. This DVD would be a nice addition to anyone's ballet collection. I particularly enjoyed Les Sylphides with Chopin's glorious music and the superb dancing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gift For A Ballerina January 6, 2014
By Jaycy
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This should help a student or fan by observing the beauty of the dance, the grace of the artists, the music, as well as the atmosphere of the theatre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anything with Fonteyn is automatically 5 stars for me
Published 3 days ago by Hal E. Lemmon
4.0 out of 5 stars An Evening with the Royal Ballet / Nureyev, Fontein
For anyone who loves ballet, this is for you. Superb dancing, well scripted and acted. For some, the dancing might be a little repetitious.
Published 20 months ago by Keith M. Deutsher
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect record of a perfect ballet!
I bought this DVD to get a permanent record of Fonteyn and Nureyev dancing in Les Sylphides. I wasn't disappointed! It is a perfect record of a perfect "white" ballet.
Published 21 months ago by Richard Hawke
1.0 out of 5 stars Should not be offered to the public
The creator of this dvd should improve the quality of the video before it is offered for sale. This is a definite rip off. Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by Mel Hope
4.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliette
The dvd is very nice. if you are a ballet lover, Fonteyn and Nureyev will impress you.
Published on April 24, 2008 by Liat J. Faver
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy!
I have a 6 years old daughter and we missed our bed time because we just could not stop watching the performance. It's truly amazing, ballet at it's best.
Published on May 20, 2005 by Ruslan Moskalenko
1.0 out of 5 stars unacceptable
the video quality of this dvd is bad, terriable and completely
unacceptable. i strongly against the purchase of this dvd because of it's video quality. Read more
Published on September 22, 2002 by bill rigsby
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