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Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez, Karl Paquette, Richard wilk, Celine Talon, Jean-Marie Didiere, and Beatrice Mattel perform in this 2003 Paris Opera production of the Delvedez/Minkus ballet conducted by David Coleman.

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  • Actors: Delvedez, Les Premiers Danseurs & Corps De Ballet, Letestu, Martinez, Paquette
  • Directors: Caiozzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LHMWPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jose Brito on February 16, 2009
Format: DVD
Extremely enjoyable,Martinez and Letestu seem to enjoy every step of this beautifully rechoreographed ballet,following the "esprit de l'époque",by Pierre Lacotte who pays a tribute to Petipa whose original choreography had survived only in the "grand pas ". The music score is as light as a bird singing,so being a powerful anti-depressive musical medicine!Thanks to the devotion of this unique choreographer who revives and gives back to the stages forgotten ballets,we have for instance Coppelia,La Fille du Pharaon(a jewel!) La Sylphide( music by Schneitzhoeffer and inspired by the one Filippo Taglioni created for his daughter Maria Taglioni,four years before Bournonville would choreograph a second La Sylphide,this time on Lovenskiold's music),Ondine(yet to be released by the Kirov,God knows when)and several others he did for various Opera Houses and are not on DVD.
In order to compare Lacotte's Grand Pas with the original (Petipa) buy the Kirov Classics and watch last item - Paquita's Grand Pas,danced by Igor Zelensky,Yulia Makhalina and Larissa Lezhnina - absolutely outstanding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By King Arthur on May 11, 2011
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The other reviewers have dealt primarily with the history of this most delightful of ballets. Je suis aussi (I'm showing off) a ballet history buff. I bought this DVD because I am a fan of the Paris Opera Ballet, and of its intelligent management - but primarily because I LOVE Agnes Letestu! She is indeed an Etoille, and for good reason: She is intelligent, understands the nature of the role she is performing, dances beautifully' great to look at, and, best of all, she can act! Her miming is exquisite! It does not merely tell the story: it propels it! Little touches, such as where, early on in the ballet Lucien d'Hervilly (danced and acted beautifully by Jose Martinez), a Royal personage, places his hand upon Paquita's shoulder, she, a Gypsy girl, Letestu's role. She is not Lucien's equal socially. Paquita glances down at Lucien's hand. Her expression is one of surprise and pleasure. Little touches like that abound. Should you buy this ballet you will certainly enjoy the scenes in the chief Gypsy's home where Paquita strives to get Lucien to understand that the Gypsy chief intends to drug and then kill him. And then there's Agnes Letestu the dancer. Wow! Petipa did a wonderful thing for ballet lovers by creating his Grand Pas: 26 minutes of glorious no-stop ballet dancing of the highest order! If Agnes Letestu and Jose Martinez had not captured your fancy in the previous Two Acts (with Two Scenes), then be prepared to be blown away with their performances in the the Grand Pas! Wunderbar! (I'm showing off, again). The Bonus material should not be overlooked. There are interviews with Letestu and Martinez and with Brigitte Lefevre, the Paris Opera Ballet's Director of Dance. Todo es muy interesante. (Show off!) Buy this ballet. It has a happy ending and, for what it is worth to you, it's my favorite ballet. King Arthur, Arthur Stanley Katz, May 11, 2011
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rawls VINE VOICE on October 14, 2011
Format: DVD
Since I am such a common man, I can be forgiven, I think, for giving this performance a five star rating, while the experts give it quite poor ratings. Maybe it is good to be common (same as average) because I can get a lot of enjoyment from performances which "others" think are less than perfect. This is my favorite ballet danced by Letestu. Better than the POB version of Swan Lake, for instance, which was marred by poor camera "work", as well as a bad libretto. True, Letestu may not have as good stage presence as some ballerinas, I think she is a good ballerina and her characterization as an Etoile certainly does not rankle me as it does others. If I had any complaint on Letestu it might be her air of smugness which to me seems to say, "Oh, I am so good." (PS.....I have to retract that statement, because "La Dame aux Camelias" is now my favorite ballet starring Letestu, and she does not exhibit that air of smugness, I refered to before.)

So what, if this version of Paquita is slightly different from what Petipa staged in eighteen hundred and who knows when? There should be a little variation in style, since dance itself has changed in the past hundred and fifty years. No one seems to complain when Nureyev makes changes in choreography and libretto (Swan Lake and La Baradere for instance). The changes he made in the National Ballet of Canada version of Sleeping Beauty w/himself and Veronica Tennant, for instance, were atrocious.

This ballet is presented in the 16-9 video format, has several good sound formats, and has beautiful sets, lighting, and colorful costuming. It is 109 minutes in duration with 12 minutes bonus material. Letestu even makes one costume change on set. Well done, but don't get excited, you won't see any of her "bod".

I liked this ballet, and if you're common like me you probably will too.....Richard.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By charles on February 25, 2012
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This is a wondeful and very French styled staging of this fun pastiche of a ballet Paquita. The principals are a delight, Letestu and Martinez are in fine form. The rather mindless music of Minkus should be overlooked as he really was able to write perfect music for ballets such as this. The entire production has the unmistakable touch of Pierre Lacotte who has a real flair for this type of dance presentation. Its great fun, the shocking pink bull fighter capes and tights are so amusingly Parisienne and add great panache to the enire production which is very tastefully staged again in the very French manner it is intended to be in. It is filmed at the beautiful Palais Garnier Paris and which suits it well, the TV work and direction are clear and clean and so is the music.This is a charming and probably the only full lenhth version of the ballet available except for the brilliant excerpts of The Kirov in Kirov Classics. However I thnk this captures the spirit of the entire presentation very well. I rate it highly for a fun romp and fine ballet dancing in the French style which it is intended to be.
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