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The Perfect Partnership - Fonteyn and Nureyev (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, 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: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARXF4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This program traces Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev's partnership from its glorious inception in 1962 (in Giselle at Covent Garden), to its grand finale some 17 years later. It is unique that it includes rare, behind-the-scene footage of both dancers.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I started following Rudolf Nureyev's career early in the 60's when I first saw him on a half-hour TV series (was it the Bell Telephone Hour? Does anybody remember?). I remember being stopped in my tracks as he projected his balletic magic even over my tiny TV. Then when I saw him dance "Romeo and Juliet" with the Royal Ballet, partnered with Margo Fonteyn, it was the high point of my ballet watching. I saw the movie four times, and in this video, the two most memorable scenes are repeated: the balcony scene, and the scene in the tomb in which Romeo dances with the seemingly-lifeless Juliet.
Margot Fonteyn (note that she gets top billing) is still my favorite ballerina, and Nureyev has always been, and will always be, my favorite male performer. They both project their personalities into their performances: he, with magnificient self-assuredness and astounding technique (especially in his younger days) combined with an amazing partnering ability which focuses your attention on the ballerina when it is her turn to display her talents. When they dance together on equal terms, as in the two scenes mentioned above, they project the perfect image of two lovers who almost dare not believe that love is happening to them. Could it be a reflection of their actual lives...?
Their personal lives are fascinating in themselves: Nureyev being born on a train in a desolate region of Russia and almost forcing himself as an outsider into official balletic circles; and Fonteyn, the "ideal" (in the sense that D. H. Lawrence uses the word, meaning "mental") accomplished dancer who. almost at the end of her career, is revitalized and sensualized by dancing with Nureyev, who is half her age.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars are not enough! February 13, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
No matter how many times I have watched this video I remain entranced. From time to time we are fortunate enough to witness magic, enchantment,something so beautiful it seems to be beyond all that is physical. Such is the partnership between these two people. Their personal lives tell of their ability to overcome great obstacles and adversity. Nothing stopped their creation of beauty, their pursuit of excellence and the inspiration and joy they gave to others. Having seen both of them dance, to be able to recapture the experience with this video is a delight. For those who never saw them, this offers an opportunity to experience the enchantment and magic of twolegends. For those who have seen either or both, this is the opportunity to relive the sheer joy. To the previous reviewer YES YES absolutely love this video, particularly scenes from Romeo and Juliet!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andromeda February 8, 2006
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Once again it is refreshing to see such videos that are important historical accounts of ballet dancers. Margot Fonteyn, the lady of the dance world, and Nureyev, a maverick, formed such a pair and complemented each other so well and this is clear from watching this footage. Both gained much from the partnership, Fonteyn becoming more bold and passionate and Nureyev absorbing all of her proper schooling. The dancing was wonderful but more importantly, the descriptions of how they worked together to become a dance couple of the highest attainable quality make this a worthwhile addition to any dance library.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and riveting! July 13, 2008
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What a treasure! A fascinating history of the incredible dancing careers of two of the biggest stars in the world of ballet. Fonteyn and Nureyev were extraordinary in their dynamic dancing, with fire, energy and virility coming through on the part of Nureyev. I for one am very glad that Nureyev defected from Russia while on tour in France. Otherwise, many of us would never have the opportunity to witness and enjoy his incredible dancing abilities. His grace, presentation and leaps leave me breathless and in awe. The commentaries by people from the world of ballet are very interesting and informative. A wonderful addition to anyone's music library, not just for the beauty of the ballet, but for the history of their work together in a ballet partnership to be long remembered.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fonteyn and Nureyev The Perfect Partnership May 17, 2008
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That overworked word "magical", seems to be the only appropriate one.
Their artistry and chemistry was mesmerizing. I understand that an updated, enhanced edition was made and I would love to have it, if available.

Wanda G.- Chicago
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Docu-bio of Fonteyn & Nureyev March 23, 2012
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This documentary shows selective performance clips of the two famous dancers, as well as a few interviews (mostly of Nureyev), news stories wherein they made headlines, and commentary by people who knew them and highly praised them. The most interesting ballet excerpts for me were "Marguerite & Armand" which I saw them dance at the Met in NY in the 1970s, and which renewed a beautiful memory of their tremendous acting abilities in those roles; and "Romeo & Juliet" which also emphasized their romantic partnership to full advantage. "Birthday Offering" is briefly shown, both in amusing rehearsal with choreographer Frederick Ashton and after the performance (Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell, the second famous Royal Ballet partnership of the 70s, are briefly seen on the receiving line next to them), also "Le Corsaire" which was such a great showcase for Nureyev's leaps and bounds, and the ethereal "Les Sylphides." An ambitious documentary with limited scope, left you wanting more though it ran 90 minutes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Quality
The movies are of very poor quality. Unsharp !
The dancers are often distorted and seem fat.
Not a good way to see these great artists. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet
This brings tears to the eyes of those who know form, beauty, hard wok, perfection, grace, style, and timeless art.
Published 12 months ago by Jon A Novi
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique pairing of dancers
We had seen a 'movie version' of Swan Lake on the big screen and wanted to know more about the pair of dancers.
It was quite informative.
Published 14 months ago by chalkduster
1.0 out of 5 stars not
i had no interest in this and have no idea how I ended up with the DVD. I shouldn't really review it but I did play the DVD a good while but it didn't do anything.
Published 15 months ago by Reza Ganjavi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Partnership
This is an awesome, remarkable, Arch de Triumph memorial in the evolution of ballet. This is a must have, an approach to the sublime.
Published 19 months ago by drees8
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE MAGIC!!!
I strongly recommend this DVD,
both Fonteyn and Nureyev are magnificant here.
What a sparkling performance!! Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by ivanka
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, not as good as PBS
Loved it loved it but downgraded it one star for not being as good as a similar story, maybe even the same story, as I saw on PBS.
Published on August 3, 2011 by A Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film for ANY Ballet Lover
I enjoyed this film. Its easy to understand. It has clips throughout of some of their original performances which are a treat to those of us who never got to see them live. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Jennywawa88
5.0 out of 5 stars NUREYEV and FONTEYN
If you didn't live it you will in this DVD. "Electric" was the only descriptor one can implement to accurately define this partnership. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by aliceDewonder
5.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 doco about this famous duo
As a long time fan of Margot, this documentary about her time with Rudoph Nureyev was definately worth a watch. Any one interested in dance and Fonteyn will love it.
Published on September 12, 2010 by Lesley M. Allsopp
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