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The Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya, is the star of this lyrical film of excerpts from several of her most famous roles. The centerpiece of the film is the ballet of Carmen, a spectacularly choreographed and orchestrated version of George Bizet's famous opera.

Also included are scenes from Glazunov's Raymonda, a choreographed version of a Bach work called Prelude, and the famous Dying Swan. First created by Mikhail Fokine for Anna Pavlova, The Dying Swan appeals, in Fokine's own words, not merely to the eye but to the emotions and the imagination.

This is a genuinely cinematic treatment of ballet and dancers and not merely a filming of a stage production. Choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev, Alberto Alonso and others is featured along with spectacular conducting by composer Rodion Shchedrin.

Dying Swan
Cast:
The Swan: Maya Plisetskaya
Music: Saint-Saens

Raymonda Excerpts
Cast:
Raymonda: Maya Plisetskaya
DeBrien: Nikolai Fadeyechev
Music: Alexander Glazunov

Prelude
Cast:
Maya Plisetskaya and Nikolai Fadeyechev
Music: J.S. Bach
Choreography: N. Kasatkina, V. Vasiliev

Carmen Suite
Cast:
Carmen: Maya Plisetskaya
Jose: Nikolai Fadeyechev
Bull Fighter: Sergei Radchenko
Magistrate: Alexander Levrenyuk
Fate: Natalya Kassatkina
Music: Bizet / Shchedrin
Choreography: Alberto Alonso
Conductor: Rodion Shchedrin
Director: Vadim Derbenev


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Product Details

  • Actors: Maya Plisetskaya, Nikolai Fadeyechev
  • Directors: Vadim Derbenev
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: 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)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017HEYCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rawls VINE VOICE on December 20, 2009
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"Carmen Suite",,,,,Did you know that this ballet was censured in Russia after it's premiere at the Bolshoi? The production you see on this DVD was not allowed to be performed at the Bolshoi while personalities clashed not only in the Bolshoi big wigs, but with the Soviet big wigs also. When the Canadians invited the Bolshoi to perform it at Expo 67 the Ministry of Culture in Moscow refused to allow it to be shown in Canada. The prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, for whom the ballet was created, refused to go to Expo 67 with out the ballet, so the Canadians did not get to see it. Funny thing is, the sets for the ballet DID get to go to Canada. What was all the fuss about? It was considered too sexually explicit. When you see the ballet you will wonder how anyone could have come to that conclusion, but Ekaterina Alexeyevna Furtseva, the cultural Minister, accused Maya of turning, "a heroine of the Spanish people into a whore." I have always thought of Carmen as a woman of loose morals to begin with, seducing several men and fighting amongst her co-workers, etc,..... So how could a ballerina further degrade her reputation, no matter how sensual the dancing is? Bizet is the one who made Carmen a "loose woman".

The dancing in this ballet IS sensual. Maya's movements ARE sensual, but not so much so that your impressionable kids can't watch it. The music is basically Bizet's, rearranged by Maya's husband and composer Rodion Shchedrin, specifically for HER ballet. Only strings and five percussionists, but WOW what music. It works perfectly for this ballet. Maya had to work hard for this ballet, and after the uproar, she paid for it with bad health for a while, but she won. Maya has danced the ballet about 350 times in it's present form, 132 times on the stage from which it was banned, the Bolshoi.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Duck on August 20, 2008
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Maya Plisetskaya's performance in the Carmen Suite is simply amazing. I lose track of time watching this DVD , it takes my breath away. As a physicist I can honestly say that her moves appear to defy the laws of physics. She will move from a fast spinning pirouette to an arabesque, where did her angular momentum go? Ballet performed at the level of Plisetskaya is easily comparable to the transcendent qualities of the music. Mere words fail to adequately encompass the beauty, grace, athleticism, sensuality, and exquisite control of Maya Plisetskaya.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zymoyan on April 19, 2009
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This is a fantastic DVD the quality of sound and picture is excellent. I have seen these ballet pieces in person and watching them again allows me to relive the experience over and over in the comfort of my recliner, nice glass of Brut and a few num nums.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Queen on September 22, 2012
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First thing you have to do is to set your picture to 3:4 format, if you leave it in HD it will be too stretched out.

I just finished watching the DVD. For those who wonder when were the performances take place and recorded, you still won't know that after finishing watching, there are no time labels anywhere. I also was disappointed that it didn't say anywhere what was the name of Bach's Prelude, it only said "prelude"... The camerawork is less than amature, the picture is never centered, very often you see an empty scene, when the dancers dance outside of frame, and in the best case you'll see part of moving leg or arm on the left or right edge, for quite few seconds. Whenever there are two couples on scene in the opposite corners, the camera only has an angle for one of them. I cannot beleive this is a professional camerawork, because even old B/W movies from 50s are better shot.

It is sad, because all these imperfections draw your attention away from the dancers. Picture is rather grainy, even on my 36" screen, and the colors are dull. I've seen Youtube videos of much better quality. The photos on the DVD back cover are not still shots of the current video, they must have been taken from another recording of the same performance as they look better.

Please, read the disclamer carefully in the right hand bottom of the back cover. It will tell you this is an archival film and warns not to expect much quality.

Make me wonder: are these the only recordings of Maya's long performance life? I hope there were newer recordings made from later years and with better cameraman.

I was very lucky to watch Maya live in mid-eighties on Bolshoy's stage. I guess, I'll have to cherish my memories even more, because it seems will be the only way to reminisce...
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