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


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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: #268,208 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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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

Customer Reviews

Also very enjoyable are the Russian folkloric elements of the production, with wonderful character actors and dancers.
Deborah Brooks
We weren't sure what to expect, but were able to follow the story of the little Humpbacked Horse as she helps our hero to win the girl of his dreams.
Melissa Draper
One has to remember that it was filmed as entertainment for the Russian viewing audience which included enjoyment for children as well as adults.
Encore Productions

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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rawls VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
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Since no-one else is dancing this ballet, one wonders where else one would find a copy of it on any medium? Folks disregard the low marks from the 1 star reviewer, and don't be afraid to invest in this ballet, with music by Maya Plisetskaya's husband, Rodion Shchedrin, who wrote and dedicated the music for this ballet to her. Read the review by Expressive Dance Mom, on this listing of Humpbacked Horse, and her comment to the 1 star reviewer. Her remarks are right on. I think you can believe her.

I too, think the Little Humpbacked Horse is a very good ballet with some remarkable dancing from the principles. Yes, it's a bit childish, and the animation is a bit crude, but you probably won't find many children complaining about those aspects about it. And, as reviewer, Expressive Dance Mom seems quite enthusiastic about the ballet, most adults won't complain either. Very little of the music is damaged by the voice-overs, and you get to hear some very good music by Shchredrin. If you don't know him, (I didn't when I first started looking for Maya Plisetskaya on DVD), for goodness sake get a copy of their Carmen Suite too. His re-arraingement of Bizet's Carmen is fabulous. You won't believe what he did with only strings and five percussionists......Shchedrin - Carmen Suite / Maya Plistetskaya.....Another thing folks, If you really want to know about this great ballerina, get her autobiography....I, Maya Plisetskaya....And don't be afraid of buying used copies, especially the hardback copies. I found one for less than $10.00 in excellent condition, with many photos.
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