Buy New
$22.99
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Little Humpbacked Hor... has been added to your Cart
Trade in your item
Get up to a $9.04
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

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

4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Feb 24, 2004)
"Please retry"
1
$22.99
$19.96 $87.00

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started
$22.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Little Humpbacked Horse / Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet
  • +
  • Stars of the Russian Ballet / Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Vakhtang Chabukiani, Boris Asafiev
Total price: $35.98
Buy the selected items together


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • 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: #189,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Little Humpbacked Horse / Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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 ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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 ›
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was a made for TV children's ballet and fairy tale. It combines live action with some animation. I don't know if American children would be able to follow the story since it was done during the era when much of Russian ballet was done for "propaganda."

The bonus is that the main character is performed by a very young Vladimir Vasiliev. He's probably one of my favorites of the Russian male dancers and to see him interpret this character at a young age is wonderful. The few scenes that he shares with Mme. Plisetskaya are endearing.

On the whole, after you've watched it once, you'll probably skip through a lot of the political action going on in the kingdom where the story takes place. But, when the ballerina takes center stage, you won't take your eyes off her.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The Little Humpbacked Horse / Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: The Little Humpbacked Horse / Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Bolshoi Ballet


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video