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The Little Humpbacked Horse / Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet

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The Bolshoi Ballet Production of The Little Humpbacked Horse starring Maya Plisetskaya & Vlaimir Vasiliev. A magical tour through the land of flying horses, dazzling fish and tumbling clowns highlights this magnificent Bolshoi Ballet production of Rodion Shchedrin's The Little Humpbacked Horse. Featuring the legendary Maya Plisetskaya in the role of the Queen-Maiden and with Vladimir Vasiliev as the young man who befriends the little horse with magical powers, this fairy tale ballet features dazzling sets an a fine musical score that is bound to enchant children and delight ballet lovers of all ages. 84 minutes


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  • Actors: Plisetskaya, Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018D526
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,400 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Little Humpbacked Horse / Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rsoonsa VINE VOICE on December 19, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This ballet, formed from a much beloved as well as archetypal Russian folk tale was created for the Bolshoi Ballet's Maya Plisetskaya by her husband, supremely skillful orchestrator Rodion Shchedrin, composer of the work. Lissome Plisetskaya's recognized strengths, here as the Queen Maiden, are clearly in evidence throughout the film: matchless elevation, splendidly disciplined movements, and emotional interpretation that covers a wide range. English ballerina Alicia Markova's published comment that Plisetskaya is incapable of completing fouttés is thoroughly discredited as the latter lightly tosses off more than the 32 of these demanding turns that have become traditional in the role of Odile in Le Lac des Cygnes, to which Markova refers. Plisetskaya is partnered here by a youthful Vladimir Vasiliev, (later both General, and Artistic, Director of the Bolshoi Theatre), whose acrobatic flair as Ivan is on display, his highly accomplished technique nearly matching in worthiness that of the great ballerina. Partly filmed during an actual performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow that utilizes original sets crafted for the piece, the narrative rhythm of the ballet is nearly daunted by an attempt to augment its essentially folkloric elements with primordial animation, in addition to superimposition and uninspiring table top models, but fortunately the narrative and dancing prevail. The Bolshoi's house Ballet Master, Alexandre Radunsky, not only choreographs and scripts the production, but also plays as the King, and Alla Scherbinina is wonderful as the Little Humpbacked Horse whose conjuring powers are of signal importance to Ivan, while the Bolshoi Corps and soloists are as accomplished as ever in secondary but crucial character parts.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Brooks on June 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Despite the datedness of this production (including some primitive animation and an unintentionally funny undersea scene), it is well worth owning for the dancing and charisma of its two principals. In 1961, Maya Plisetskaya was considered by many to be the greatest ballerina of her time; Vladimir Vasiliev (now Gen'l & Artistic Director of the Bolshoi) was a rising young star of the Bolshoi. Plisetskaya's unusual strength and flamboyance created a unique presence, and Vasiliev's clean technique and unmannered style are admirable even by today's standards. Also very enjoyable are the Russian folkloric elements of the production, with wonderful character actors and dancers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is my daughter's favorite ballet. The story and presentation are children-friendly. And the absolutely fabulous dancing will make this a treat for adults. My family watches this ballet at least once a month.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hamage on October 11, 2008
Format: DVD
Much as I wanted to see Plisetskaya and the Bolshoi dance "The Humpbacked Horse," this version was definitely not the way to experience it. I already loved Shchedrin's score before buying, some years ago, a VHS of this Kultur release now on DVD. Imagine my horror on discovering that Shchedrin's music is drowned out by a voice-over commentary. It's a disservice to one of Russia's most talented composers. Why on earth the commentary couldn't have been provided in titles below the screen is beyond me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Encore Productions on January 7, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have watched this ballet many times, especially certain segments of it, and never fail to enjoy it. Please don't be put off by the fact that there are moments of narration in this ballet, it is most definitely worth seeing. One has to remember that it was filmed as entertainment for the Russian viewing audience which included enjoyment for children as well as adults. The narration is tastefully done in that it quickly describes a full sequence of events at the beginning of an act or scene and then says no more for the duration of the act or scene. It's understandable that this would certainly be annoying to anyone seeking to simply listen to the music, but this is a NOT a Music CD, it is a Ballet DVD. The option of inserting subtitles would be a detraction for viewers who desire to watch the dancers' performances, especially since most subtitles get inserted over the dancers' legs and feet. Also keep in mind that this ballet was performed in the early sixties before the emphasis on dancer flexibility and extension had become the norm in ballet for both female and male dancers. In fact, Maya Pleisetskaya's first performances in the west (once the Russian Government finally allowed her to tour outside of Russia) stunned audiences with her fluid style and she was a key contributor in the shift to newer ballet techniques as other dancers tried to emulate her. (She was about 36 when this was filmed and she's still going strong.) Some of the scenes, especially those at the beginning before the hero, "Ivan", acquires his magic "horse", are geared to the younger audience, but beyond that this ballet is very noteworthy. Watch for Maya Pleisetskaya's outstanding musicality, her amazing mastery of dance mime to express her character's emotions, and her obvious love for and mastery of her art.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on April 5, 2005
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I really enjoyed the DVD because it is a Russian folk story that features one of the greatest ballerinas ever. I greatly admire Maya Plisetskaya's technical and performance abilities and I especially enjoyed seeing her execute the fouette turns with the corps de ballet towards the middle of the DVD. The film was a bit fuzzy, but the story and music were a joy. I recommend this for children, especially children studying classical ballet because it shows us that ballet does not have to be stiff, sterile or acrobatic to entertain, as is so often the case now.
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