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Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake / Maya Plisetskaya, Bolshoi Theatre

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Editorial Reviews

...As Odette she is passionate. As Odile she is alluring. - NY Times

As a record of a great artist in her prime, this Swan Lake is a treasure. NY Times

Swan Lake tells the timeless tale of redemption through love. It is probably the best-known, best-loved of all the classical ballets, and, for the prima ballerina who dances the dual role of Odette and Odile, the supreme test of the dancer's craft.

Maya Plisetskaya's melting lyricism and superlative technique make her one of the greatest exponents of the dual role since the ballet's first production over a century ago.

Tchaikovsky's score, the first in his triumvirate of great ballets, is the perfect complement to the imaginative choreography that sets Swan Lake apart from anything that had preceded or has followed it. This production, filmed live at the Bolshoi Theatre, captures a great ballerina in her prime in an eternal classic.

Cast:

Odette/Odile...Maya Plisetskaya

Prince...N. Fadeyechev

Evil Spirit...V. Levashev

Jester...V. Khomyakov


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tchaikovsky, Maya Plisetskaya, Yuri Faier
  • Directors: Z. Tulubyeva
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197YZA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By customer on November 12, 2008
Historic performances must be evaluated utilizing entirely different criteria from those applied to contemporary works. To judge a recorded performance from the past using modern audio-visual standards is to entirely miss the point of historic art preservation. Even precious snippets of performances, however poor the quality, enable us to time travel back to an earlier era in which artistic practices were markedly different from today's. These differences, however, in no way diminish the gifts and genius of earlier talents.

These older and sometimes extremely rare artifacts are a spectacular opportunity for those of us who appreciate having these otherwise lost cultural treasures salvaged and preserved.

In this case, we have the legendary Maya Plisetskaya - youthful, beautiful, and phenomenally flexible, charismatic and dramatic, in the quintessentially Russian Swan Lake.

The sound and picture quality are by no means inadequate. It is a stunning experience just to be able to see Plisetskaya in her milieu at the Bolshoi, creating two completely different characters - one vulnerable, magical, the other seductively evil and predatory. Her gracefulness, her almost supernatural ability to incarnate the soul of a bird, make the cuts and audience shots irrelevent.

In fact, for those who truly appreciate history - cultural and political as well as artistic - this video is priceless. We see the Soviets at their propagandistic best. It's as if we're seeing two videos - one an historic ballet performance starring one of the 20th century's immortal artists, the other an adroitly executed and subtle propaganda film - in which the well-groomed, appreciative audience from all classes in this classless society is as much a part of the performance as the dance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teresa P. Anderson on April 6, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Maya Plisetskaya and was willing to buy anything that might present even portions of her fabulous dancing. I knew this was an incomplete ballet because it was only 88 minutes of a 3 hour ballet, but not only was it cut up, the music was not synchronized with the snippets of dance that were included. Different dances are popped into and out of and intercut with shots of audience members who were clearly pre-selected. There are very few of Maya's dances on screen and not one is shown in its entirety. I have to confess that I didn't watch the whole thing because it was making me tear my hair out after about 40 minutes. What a disappointment! Only buy it if you're interested in seeing Soviet society and not dance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anita Lafferty on February 9, 2011
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The dancing was incredibly beautiful. Plisetskaya is one of the greatest ballerinas in ballet history. However, there was too much unnecessary focus on the audience. I wanted to see dancing -not the audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Merithew on June 25, 2014
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Was so happy to finally find this old ballet with Russian Company that I saw years ago on PBS. Gift I promised my daughter over 35 years ago, but could never find for a reasonable price. Thank you so much for this treasure. She was both surprised and happy when she received it.
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It was exactly what I expected: imperfect, aggravating, strangely edited; but withal, totally worth it for the historical record of perhaps the greatest Odette/Odile of her time.
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