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Nijinsky


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  • Actors: Alan Bates, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Alan Badel, Jeremy Irons
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Hugh Wheeler, Romola Nijinsky, Vaslav Nijinsky
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H3KQEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Nijinsky is a fascinating film that chronicles the lives, the loves, and the madness of ballet's legendary and mercurial star Vaslav Nijinsky (George De La Pena). Onstage, Nijinsky, the most celebrated dancer of the early 20th century, was in flawless control. Offstage, he was in turmoil, torn between the beautiful ballerina he married and the domineering mentor he loved. Alan Bates plays Sergei Diaghilev, Nijinsky's mentor and lover who's the impresario and founder of Ballets Russes. The increasing tension between these powerful egos, exacerbated by homosexual desire and jealousy, becomes triangular when the young ballerina Romola de Pulsky (Leslie Browne) determinedly attempts to draw the mentally unstable Nijinsky away from Diaghilev. Jeremy Irons made his film debut as a choreographer for the ballet company. Directed by Herbert Ross (The Turning Point).

Customer Reviews

The lead actor did a great job.
Lisa R. Lake
I wasn't really expecting much, since I had never heard of the film before, and so I was honestly surprised to find that it was such a good film.
D Rojers
Wonderful costumes and stage settings brings out the time frame of that era.
Radha Raman Das

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sandy McLendon on January 21, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Hard to believe that "Nijinsky" is now a twenty-two-year-old film; its look and performances are so fresh that it could be the latest from Ivory-Merchant.
The film focuses on the period 1912-1913, when Vaslav Nijinsky was both at his height as a choreographer, and at his lowest point personally. He was under the guidance and domination of impresario Sergei Diaghilev in his work and his love life, and he was also being pursued by ballet groupie Romola de Pulzsky, who eventually met and indeed married him.
The film is based on actual events, but viewers should be aware that the script takes minor liberties with historical time frames, character motivations, and events to advance its story. The production is mounted most handsomely, with the London Festival Ballet helping to recreate Nijinsky's most famous works. The ballet sequences are beautifully filmed, but many suffer from being cut very short. However, "L'Apres-midi d'un Faune" is presented at decent length, and there is an amazing, if too-brief, re-creation of the lost Nijinsky ballet "Jeux", done entirely from old photos and Valentine Gross's drawings of the original production.
The major performances are beautifully detailled; George de la Pena's Nijinsky is as winning and as troubled as we believe the actual man to have been. Alan Bates' Sergei Diaghilev is charming, ruthless, and ultimately defeated. Italian ballerina Carla Fracci plays Nijinsky's dancing partner Tamara Karsavina as tender, elegant, and nobody's fool- which is, according to Fracci enthusiasts, type-casting at its best.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joseph G. Mac Pherson on April 16, 2004
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I'm not going to write too much about this exceptional film- The reviewer before me has already done a superb job. I will say this: I saw Nijinsky upon its first release in 1980, and I was impressed enough to return to the theatre again, to see if my original impressions were accurate. I was both enchanted and more than pleased by the entire production. I've read the definitive 1970 biography Nijinsky by Richard Buckle (in fact I still own it), and this film is as close as you will ever get to seeing a portrait of his time. Not only the man, but his peers, and events that shaped and inspired his turbulent vision are portrayed with great care and thought. The colors of the film are vibrant and rich, and true to the art of Leon Bakst, principal designer to the ballet troupe. I felt like I was transported to this marvellous age, when electricity was still a wonder, great luxury liners rode the waves, and the airplane was discovering the sky while the automobile and railroads crossed the land. It was the age of Empires, yet the world still held unexplored places waiting to be mapped. The Arts really could present The Shock Of The New, while the working classes discovered their strength in strikes and unions and the wealthy lived in opulence. For me, this film worked on every level. A mirror in time, and the breakdown of an artist's mind. A distant era, a beautiful film, a sad ending... Yet we are left knowing that Nijinsky, with all his visions of light and shadow, was never left alone, never forgotten. This broken man was cared for, and still loved. We should all be so fortunate. If I have any regret about this film, it is that it has yet to be released on dvd. I sincerely hope that oversight will one day be corrected.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D Rojers on August 22, 2004
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Having fallen in love with THE RED SHOES and learning that the inspiration for the film was the Diaghilev-Nijinski story, I made it a point to get ahold of NIJINSKI. I wasn't really expecting much, since I had never heard of the film before, and so I was honestly surprised to find that it was such a good film. It's as good a film biography as the best of them, in my opinion, blessed with wonderful performances, plus it has a FASCINATING story, which takes it up a notch from there. (In fact, it had made me want to do some reading on the people in the film.) But for now, I'm hoping to encourage the designated gatekeepers to put NIJINSKY on DVD. So, 5 stars (although I would actually rate it at 4-1/2 with 5 for THE RED SHOES). NIJINSKY on DVD with a good historical comentary would be a jewel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl at Cowra Australia on January 3, 2011
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Like the other reviewers I can only plead, beg and demand for this truly great movie to be released on DVD in widescreen with an historical and authoritative commentary and at least one good documentary on Nijinsky's life as one of the main extras. Balletomanes of the world unite! This movie needs to be in your collection of great movies about ballet including, The Red Shoes, The Turning Point, Centrestage, The Tales of Hoffmann - and so very many others now available in excellent DVD format. With the world-wide interest in dance on the rise I am surprised that this beautifully crafted movie hasn't been given "the full treatment" by the current owners of the master print. Please let's have it soon on DVD. With the great cast that this 1980 movie has including Alan Bates, Carla Fracci, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Alan Badel, Ronald Pickup, Jeremy Irons, Janet Suzman, Sian Phillips - just to name a few - as well as the great Herbert Ross as director - John Lanchbery conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra - The London Festival Ballet - great production values - and the then greats of the ballet world acting as advisers - why wouldn't this DVD be snapped up by movie lovers and balletomanes alike? Watch it on VHS and weep - it could look and sound so much better!

Well as of 18th November 2013 I received my DVD and can only agree with everyone else what a utter bitter disappointment it was. What a waste of money - it stopped playing half way through and although I have tried it on three other DVD players it does the same! It has no extras- has not been restored - has been cropped so we don't see the full Panavision image - I could go on. Why don't the turkeys who issue these DVD transfers realize what the customer wants! For a few more dollars I would gladly have bought a DVD that was playable, widescreen, restored, with good extras about the movie & Nijinsky himself. Wake up other prospective purchasers that this is a rip off!!!
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