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Editorial Reviews

Maya Plisetskaya is in every sense an exceptional personailty. Like almost no other dancer, the eternal prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Theatre understood how to combine outstanding dance skills with dramatic expression. Features excepts from Ra

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  • Actors: Maya Plisetskaya, Raymonda Romeo Juliet Swan Lake Ballet, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels Bolero Bolshoi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0VNQQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Marcial Fernandez on February 24, 2006
Format: DVD
This newly released DVD has 12 selections danced by this genius of the 20th centry ballet, 9 of which have been available on two other DVDs for a while.
6 of these selections are taken from a marvelous black-and-white, 70-minute documentary film originally released in 1964 with the title "Maya Plisetskaya", then released on DVD format in 2003 with the title "Plisetskaya Dances". The excerpts are from the ballets:
1) Romeo and Juliet.
2) Swan Lake.
3) Don Quixote.
4) The Dying Swan.
5) Laurencia.
6) Walpurgis Night.
The other 3 selections are from a 1973 color movie, released on DVD not long ago with the title "Carmen Suite":
7) Carmen
8) Prelude (Bach).
9) Raymonda.
The only new releases on DVD format that we can find in "Maya Plisetskaya, Diva of Dance" are the following 3 selections:
10) Spartacus: the pas de deux, a color take which is obviously not from the 1964 film.
11) Isadora.
12) Bolero de Ravel.
For those who already have the other 2 DVDs, this "new" DVD is worthy only for the last 2 excerpts, "Isadora" and "Bolero", and for the second half of the DVD, which brings "Maya Plisetskaya in Conversation", a recently recorded documentary in which the diva and her husband, the composer Rodion Schedrin, talk about her long career.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on June 20, 2006
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This DVD about the dance legend is beautiful to watch, especially the interview with this still beautiful woman and how she feels about dancing. She lives through dancing and she makes dancing live, as only a handful of people can do. It is fortunate we have a record of this piece of ballet history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rawls VINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
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Just the picture on the cover of the booklet accompanying this DVD is almost worth it's cost. If not, then her 20 minute ballet of "Bolero" certainly is.

Be advised that one reviewer incorrectly stated the Russian language interviews of her and her husband Rodion Shchedrin have no English subtitles. The subtitles are accessible from the main menu, and most likely, from the DVD player remote control.

There are many things about this DVD that make it 5 star quality. Two are listed in my first sentence. Another is the rarity of any recordings of this remarkable ballerina who has been awarded the very highest honors by a fairly stingy Russian hierarchy. One, Prima Ballerina Assoluta among others. I guarantee you wont be able to keep from smiling along with her as she reminisces on some of her happier remembrances, and you might tear up with her as she describes an occasion when she was invited by actor Jean Vilar to dance at a ballet festival in France, and during the performance it was announced that Jean Vilar had died suddenly. She tells us that her "Dying Swan" ballet was being dedicated to him. The event was outdoors and during her dance it began to rain. She was soaked, the audience was getting soaked, her tutu was sagging, and she said, "It was as if tears were falling from the sky". She doesn't know exactly how many times she has danced "The dying Swan", but thinks it would be 20,000 to 30,000 times. Think about that.

I admire Maya Plisetskaya. When she hummed the tune from Raymonda, I had to get it out to watch the entire ballet. It didn't star Maya, but it starred a contemporary of hers, Irina Kolpakova, whom Maya mentions in her autobiography. Even though this DVD has dances repeated on other "Maya" DVDs it is worth having.......Richard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wascawywabbit on April 3, 2011
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ONE OF THE FINEST COMPILATIONS OF ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIMA BALLERINAS TO COME OUT OF RUSSIA.EARLY CLIPS IN BLACK AND WHITE ARE TO BE EXPECTED.
ALSO MANY MOMENTS FROM SOVIET BLACK & WHITE TELEVISION. DO NOT LET THIS DETER YOU. WHAT YOU ARE GETTING IS BLACK & WHITE SOLID GOLD ., THE LAST PIECE (IN COLOR), SHOWS EARLY EXAMPLES OF RUSSIAN EXPERIMENTAL DANCE. ITS UP TO THE INDIVIDUALS TASTE WHETHER TO ENJOY IT , OR NOT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helena on August 30, 2010
Format: DVD
I love Maya Plisetskaya dancing. The most striking performance in this DVD from my point of view is Don Quixote. It seems as she comes to your seat and grabs you by the tie (if I was wearing one). Superb.
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