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Prima Ballerina (2007)

Svetlana Zakharova , Ulyana Lopatkina , Laurent Gentot  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina
  • Directors: Laurent Gentot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French, Russian
  • 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)
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OIMVO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

PRIMA BALLERINA is a double portrait of two icons of contemporary Russian ballet. SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and ULYANA LOPATKINA from the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg are perhaps unmatched in today's ballet, and might be ranked amongst the greatest ballerinas of all time. Each have their own unique style and personality, on stage and off, as shown in these breathtaking films.

Revealing interviews with Zakharova and Lopatkina, as well as their fellow dancers, coaches and dance critics provide an inside perspective on the motives, the agonies and the joys of a prima ballerina at the top of her game. Extended and transporting sequences from classics of the repertoire such as Swan Lake, Shehezradze, Sleeping Beauty, The Legend of Love and many others provide a front row seat to an incomparable art.

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice but not special December 31, 2009
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This DVD on Lopatkina and Zakharova is billed as "a double portrait of two icons of contemporary Russian ballet." And so it is, but not the way some buyers might expect. I bought the DVD assuming 'Prima Ballerina' would be an interesting compare/constrast program on these two fine dancers, but the DVD actually consists of two separate half hour programs, both near identical in terms of structure and format. How much more engaging it might have been if the director, Laurent Gentot, had looked at both these artists together and chosen to explore their similarities and differences head on! Instead, this is a strictly-for-the-fans DVD.

The program offers very little in the way of biographical information about either dancer, and the general merits of the DVD are rather exaggerated in blurb on the backcover. I'm not sure the interviews with the dancers are really terribly "revealing". Nor are the ballet excerpts seen in the films "extended and transporting". They are too short to be called "extended" and are far from "transporting" when much of the footage is shot from side-on, haphazardly filmed and edited, and (the greatest crime of all!) subject to the director's added 'special effects'. The worst is an excerpt of Lopatkina dancing in a work by Petit, during which the performance footage is partially overlaid with rehearsal footage so that it's impossible to make any sense of the dancing at all. Shame on you, Mr Gentot! As an added disadvantage, the soundtrack is cheap and nasty in parts.

Of course, if you are a fan of Lopatkina and/or Zakharova, then you'll probably want to add this DVD to your collection anyway, and, thankfully, I suppose it's not an overly expensive purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 14, 2011
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I would recommend this movie to everyone, and especially ballet lovers. It is amazing that a person can move and train to move so beautifully. The interviews were interesting too. Seeing a ballet performance I often wonder what's going on in the performers head before and after the performance. Svetlana and Ulyana share their own thoughts and feeling about performing, rehearsing, and class time. It's wonderful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming. July 10, 2011
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Having been a dancer all my life, I marveled at every phase of the life from the beginning training to becoming a ballerina in Russian .
The intensity of training in the USA is nothing like the Russian dancers get especially since most of them start at a very young age.. It is a most beautiful and inspiring DVD. I wish all young people studying ballet could and would watch this. It shows the closest to perfection in ballet that one can see.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Prima Ballerina is a documentary portrait of two modern-day icons of Russian ballet: Svetlana Zakharova of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and Ulyana Lopatkina of the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. Each has her own distinctive style; both are possessed of stellar grace and beauty. Prima Ballerina includes interviews with Zakharova and Lopatkina, interviews with their fellow dancers, coaches, and dance critics, as well as unforgettable sequences from classics such as Swan Lake, Scheherazade, Sleeping Beauty, The Legend of Love, and more. Prima Ballerina a beautiful and inspirational portrait of the best of the best of a high art form, and an absolute "must-have" for anyone who loves ballet. 52 minutes, color, Russian with English subtitles.
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