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Rudolf Nureyev - Celestial Attraction (2010)

Nureyev , Paramo  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nureyev
  • Directors: Paramo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Born on the Trans-Siberian express train, Rudolf Nureyev never stopped moving in his meteoric rise to become the most brightly shining star of the ballet universe. From commanding the
stage of the Paris Opera to cavorting with Miss Piggy on the Muppet Show, Nureyev's charisma and virtuoso talent brought a new, modern dimension to classical dance. Seventeen years after his life was prematurely claimed by AIDS, we take a retrospective look
at the great artist, his life and his body of work in all its grace, passion, excess and drama. Through interviews, archive footage, re-enactments and original dance sequences, the film will recreate the key moments of Nureyev's life and shine a light on his unparalleled talent.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 4, 2010
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I became an avid fan of Nureyev, rather late in my life, and perhaps, like other fans, this leaves me vulnerable, wanting to gobble up any "new" source of information on his dancing and life. Sadly, after purchasing this DVD, I am left wondering, why anyone, (Sonia Paramo, writer & director), would tackle the subject of Nureyev and then devote only 52 minutes to the effort? Just to put this in context, the excellent book, "Nureyev: his life", by Diane Solway, (now in paperback), is 640 pages, long!
While the DVD notes that accompany the disk, do offer some additional detail, the film remains a rehash of the most cursory facts of Nureyev's life and work. Also, disconcerting, were the fragmented shots (repeatedly inserted, like filler), of young, contemporary dancers, without any identification of who they were, or where they were taking classes(?). Similarly, there are other contemporary shots (at the beginning and closing) of a train station in Ufa(?), to where, Nureyev and his family moved in 1942, when he was four years old. (I only assume this, since the narration is talking about his hometown.) Yet, these shots do not enhance a feeling for Nureyev's childhood experiences in Ufa and war-torn Russia.
Then, to see, part of a "trailer" from Nureyev and Fonteyn in "Romeo and Juliet", one of their greatest performances, just underscored for me that Ms. Paramo must not have been able to gain access or permission to utilize some substantive footage of Nureyev's work, (though this is just a guess on my part).
Lastly, there is just too little evidence of his great work, too much footage of an aging Nureyev riding around in a car, and too many interviews full of compliments, but short on substance. For me, the best clip was to see and hear, for the first time, Dr.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celestial Attraction - Wonderful Documentary May 8, 2010
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This is a very good documentary. It does exactly what it was suppose to do - pay tribute to Rudolf Nureyev. Originally shown on French tv January 26, 2009, in remembrance of the 15th anniversary of Rudi's death (which was actually 1/6/08).

It is uplifting and complimentary - a welcome change from some of the books and European documentaries made after Rudi's death. I wish there was more footage of Rudolf. I was surprised and thrilled to see film clips of him dancing his beloved "La Bayadere" with the Kirov in 1959. Wonderful! One must remember that, back then, cameras added lots of weight to a person: Rudi was actually very slender, very muscular, but thin.

The film also shows clips of Rudi rehearsing "La Sylphide" and joking with his former Kirov partner, Ninel Kurgapkina, during his historic return to dance on the Kirov state again in 1989.

I was very happy to see Rudolf's great friends Charles Jude and Karen Kain share their special memories, as well as other friends.
It is a very poignant documentary.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Venetian Mirrors As Biography? March 15, 2014
By Clayton
The cover is by far the most appealing aspect of this DVD. The actual viewing is comprised of those who knew Nureyev relaying their memories. Viewers are shown costumes he wore, a Venetian mirror he would have liked. What is absent (and crucial to biographical filmmaking) is Nureyev's own voice. Surely, the dancer must have been interviewed at some point in his life. Yet, all that is contained on this DVD are clips of home movies, which are redundant and illustrate precious little of who the man really was.
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