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Romeo & Juliet / Galina Ulanova, Leonid Lavrovsky, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

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...Matchless for its dramatic power...and Ulanova s Juliet is unforgettable. -Clive Barnes

A historic performance by the legendary Galina Ulanova, with the Bolshoi Ballet, highlights this lush production of the ever-popular ballet.

Choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky and conducted by world famous Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, this film is rich in detail and characterized by its lovely interior and exterior location work.

Yuri Zhdanov is the young Romeo to Ulanova s unforgettable Juliet. A great ballet is here filmed paying great attention to all the values: musical, choreographic and scenic.

This remastered version eliminates the narration that heretofore had interrupted Prokofiev's score at critical points in the ballet.


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  • Actors: Prokofiev, Galina Ulanova, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  • Directors: Leonid Lavrosky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197YZ9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. F. Massingham on August 21, 2005
Format: DVD
The 1984 Royal Ballet recording is in my opinion the best of the recordings that are available. In the earlier recording with Fonteyn/Nureyev, Nureyev reminds me of an exotic flower, a Narcissus rather than Romeo who is in love with Juliet. The Ferri/Corelli version is embarrassing - Corelli grinning inanely causing Ferri to overdo the joy and understate the diffidence and vulnerability she showed in the earlier version, while the rest of the cast in the La Scala recording are simply not worth watching.

While Wayne Eagling was not always technically perfect his agility and his lifts were wonderful, and above all his acting ability made me really believe that he was in love with a quiet intensity that I have never seen in any other production - recorded or live. In contrast,his fury when Mercutio dies is explosive.

Ferri showed every emotion that would be felt by the young girl - shyness, naivety, ecstasy and finally despair.

There is a fine supporting cast in Stephen Jefferies as Mercutio, Mark Freeman as Benvolio, David Drew as Tybalt, Gerd Larsen as Nurse, Julian Hosking as Paris and Derek Rencher and Sandra Conley as Lord and Lady Capulet.

The filming of the ballet is excellent, using different angles and the effective use of close ups.

I highly recommend this recording of Romeo and Juliet.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By I. Martinez-Ybor VINE VOICE on June 18, 2005
Format: DVD
This DVD was recorded relatively early in Ferri's career. Superb technique solidly grounds youth and passion. Here she is truly a dream Juliet (I haven't seen her later version from La Scala with Angel Corella.... but that's over a decade after this). She does not have to create youth: unlike Ulanova and Fonteyn she has it. It propels her dancing whether in joy or tragedy.

Wayne Eagling, the fine, elegant Canadian dancer whom I have admired elsewhere, makes a rather self-effacing, earth-bound, withdrawn Romeo, coming accross, contrary to the play, much older than Juliet (indeed Eagling is 13 years older than Ferri); surprising how Fonteyn and Ulanova through their artistry, narrowed the age-gap with their partners, but perhaps it doesn't work as well from male to female. As I watched this revival, I could not help but feel that the fine Benvolio, Mark Freeman, or the Mercutio, Stephen Jeffries, would have been better at Romeo than Eagling, who would probably have made an effective Mercutio. These three male parts at the Royal have always been cast from strength. When I first saw the piece, in Chicago way back in 1965 when the Royal first brought it over, Nureyev was the Romeo, with David Blair as Mercutio and Anthony Dowell as Benvolio (Fonteyn was the Juliet). Ironically, Ferri-Corella in the La Scala performance reverts to older-Juliet, younger-Romeo pairing.

I never saw the dancers on whom and for whom Macmillan created the Ballet: Lynn Seymour and the late Christopher Gable. By all accounts he was inspired by their chemistry. They were evenly paired. They embodied the youth, the passion of the love story, and Macmillan choreographed their roles from their strengths as dancers and their commanding histrionic powers.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By ggagnon on May 13, 2005
Format: DVD
When Wayne Eagling first took over the role of Romeo, a perfect collaboration of choreographer and dancer occurred. First known for his soaring "Bluebird", with Macmillan a dancer/actor was born. And as with Ferri some 10-15 years later, Macmillan had found a muse, or at least one of THE best interpreters of his choreography to come along since Lynn Seymour (sp?). So for dramatic interpretation this pairing of a young Ferri and more experienced Eagling is first class.
Technically, Eagling won't match the brilliance of Angel Corella in the newer La Scala pairing with Ferri, but in some ways Eagling's maturity and intensity greatly compensates for any lack of perfection in placement or ballon. And the details are in the care and perfection of his partnering. Watch closely, and you will see how he calms, supports, and enhances Ferri's performance whether it's simply sqeezing her hand, or steadying her placement. That's a working partnership, and for the young dancer she was, it's breathtaking to watch the give and take both dramatically and technically.
So even though the Fonteyn / Nureyev partnership in this ballet (and soon after Dowell/Sibling) is more celebrated, I still think Ferri/Eagling is the one that counts. Fonteyn and Nureyev, though skilled as always, are/were a little too old to play the teenage lovers, and of course Dowell/Sibling were never recorded on tape (except of a brief glimpse of Sibling in "Turning Point") for us masses.
So, hopefully this DVD will enable us to watch a beautiful performance in glorious color, with enhanced sound, and the ability to see the details through the excellent camera direction preserved in the original broadcast. Thanks for finally releasing it on DVD.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 11, 2005
Format: DVD
Amazing, simply amazing! Manuel Legris balances as if it is nothing, places every step, connects with the audience. Monique Loudieres, I don't even know were to begin. Her passion, her drive, her technique, her feet, her facial expressions, her beautiful port de bras. Not only is she an AMAZING dancer technically she has the emotion that the role of juliet demands. You see her in the beginning, and you can tell she is still a young girl. As the ballet moves on you see her maturing right before your eyes. In third act when she finds romeo dead beside her and cries, you can see her heart breaking right in front of you. I can never watch third act with out crying.

Buy this and you will NOT regret it! Romeo and Juliet is my favorite ballet and this is the best I have ever seen.
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