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  • Actors: Alan Alder, Lucette Aldous, Ronald Bekker, Kelvin Coe, Francis Croese
  • Directors: Robert Helpmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZEQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nureyev's Don Quixote / Lanchbery, Nureyev, Helpmann, Aldous, Australian Ballet" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Scene synopsis
  • Biographies of John Lanchbery, Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Helpmann, and Lucette Aldous
  • Documentary "A Little of Don Quixote" (16.5 min.)
  • Text summary of restoration process plus side-by-side comparison of the original and restored footage

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann are thrilling in this Australian Ballet production. Also starring Lucette Aldous, Ray Powell, and Francis Croese. Shown in widescreen, and digitally restored to its' original brilliance. Includes bonus features.

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This 1973 film treatment of the ballet classic Don Quixote has a spaciousness, a freedom of movement often missing when a staged ballet production is taped for television. It captures the art of Rudolf Nureyev at the height of his powers, both as a dancer and as a choreographer. With distinguished supporting performances by Robert Helpmann and Lucette Aldous, the production balances lyric and narrative elements, wit and pathos, satire and idealism, with virtuoso solo and ensemble dancing.

Nureyev, a perfectionist, had an enormous airplane hangar in Australia transformed into a studio for the 25 days he spent dancing and shooting this episode in the crazy life of Cervantes's mock-epic hero. The routine 19th-century score by Ludwig Minkus has been modestly upgraded by conductor John Lanchbery, contributing positively to the performance's energy. --Joe McLellan

Customer Reviews

Very good performance.
ANDREA F
There are no weird camera angles, a fault that is common in film presentations done by filmmakers who are unfamiliar with the unique requirements of dance.
ele@supernet.net
Please be careful that the Spanish version DVD is the same as the English version, but translated.
Joseph M. O'connor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Scaramouche on May 22, 2002
Format: DVD
This DVD is a spectacular restoration of one of the best ballet films of all time. It has a terrific performance by Nureyev, and features the great Lucette Aldous, a perfect match for Nureyev in charisma and technique. The DVD also has numerous bonus materials, including a "making of" documentary and side-by-side before-and-after scenes to illustrate the restoration. I also have the VHS and laser disk of this movie, and they are both dark and dirty looking compared to this beautiful DVD. It's really a great improvement and well worth purchasing.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ele@supernet.net on December 30, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This complete version of the ballet by Minkus was supervised entirely by Nureyev, not only a great artist and dancer but also a man of excellent visual imagination. There are no weird camera angles, a fault that is common in film presentations done by filmmakers who are unfamiliar with the unique requirements of dance. It also presents Nureyev in an unusual role in which he is allowed to capitalize on his quick, bright sense of humor. THIS MOST EXCELLENT BALLET VIDEO IS LIVELY AND DELIGHTFUL, AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY BALLETOMANE'S VIDEO LIBRARY OR THE PERFECT INITIATORY PRODUCTION FOR THE BALLET NEOPHYTE.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By khernandez on July 27, 2004
Format: DVD
I should have heeded the advice of the previous reviewer, but being an elementary school Spanish teacher and having a lot of trouble finding materials to teach el Quijote, I thought it would be worth it even if I could only use a couple short clips here and there to support my lessons. Unfortunately, the video is so off base that I couldn't even find a short clip to use. There is no mention of Quixana, Sancho calls him Don Quixote from the start, even before he decide to become a knight. Sancho is the one that gets thrown by the windmill in this DVD instead of Quixote (Quixote just got knocked over.) Quixote's cousins follow him around on his adventures (trying to steal his inheritance), so you have a horse and buggy following Quixote and Sancho most of the time. His cousin (the main evil character) instigates encounters that in the real book are caused by Quixote's imagination (such as getting Quixote to release the prisioners). I also would give it zero stars if that were an option.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2001
Format: DVD
I purchased this DVD based on what it says on the back cover, namely, that it was significantly based on the story by Spain's 15th century writer, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. This version is practically nothing like the real masterpiece by Cervantes (even as a spoof), and was not funny even to my 6 and 9 year old niece and nephew. They stopped watching it after 10 minutes (I was not surprised, as I had already reviewed it).
The animation is of the simplest kind. This was made by Australians, and unfortunately they apparantly suffer from the same ethnic misconceptions as many Americans. Based on the way Sancho's and other characters' accents and dark skin tones were represented here, you would think that they were of Mexican (predominantly Central American Indian descent) instead of European. La Mancha is just south of Madrid, Spain; and Spain is in Europe, not south of the Rio Grande! By the way Australians: there are no tigers in Africa (nor kangaroos).
In summary, stay away from this video. If you are looking for something different or educational (like I was), don't bother. Your children are better off watching reruns of Chicken Run, Toy Story, Disney, et cetera. I gave it 1 star only because there was no option for zero stars.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2000
Format: DVD
This totally remastered version of this ballet shows Nureyev at his most brilliant. The DVD itself has biographies on the artists but best of all it has "the making of" 20 minute special showing how the film was put conceived by two of the ballet worlds creative artists, Nureyev and Sir Robert Helpmann. Not to be missed for the true balletomane.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is my FAVOURITE ballet video. I can watch Nureyev forever and never get tired. The whole ballet is filmed like a movie. And because it's directed by Nureyev, there are no annoying extreme closeups of dancers' faces. Lucette Aldous, who dances Kitri, is like a firecracker, she never stops. And Robert Helpmann is a very chivalric Don Quixote.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2001
Format: DVD
I have had the pleasure of seeing Nureyev dance on VHS tapes and read much about him, but I never really saw Nureyev until I saw him in this DVD! I have always heard that his beauty was shocking and I was able to see him as clearly as if I was standing next to him during the entire DVD. It is TRUE that his beauty is beyond description. The dancing by all was wonderful, but I could not take my eyes off of Nureyev until about my 10th viewing! I also loved the segment on the making of the movie. It was fascinating and showed what I imagine would be rare footage of everyone involved in the movie. If you REALLY want to see Nureyev you MUST add this one to your collection! Nureyev's Don Quixote is a masterpiece but you must purchase the DVD or you will lose so much that makes this ballet wonderful.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2003
Format: DVD
Essential. Often called the greatest dance film ever made, and easy to see why when witnessing Nureyev's blazing solos.
--Octavio Roca, Dance critic
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