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Editorial Reviews

FOUR CLASSIC DANCE FILMS

SPECIAL EDITION BOX SET

Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

"Sublime artistry!" - Variety

"Revealing, emotional, and surprising." - Los Angeles Times

Etoiles celebrates the legacy of the famed Paris Opera Ballet by weaving together rehearsals and tour snapshots of classical ballets as well as contemporary works. Celebrated filmmaker Nils Tavernier talks candidly with some of the biggest stars in dance today, who give perspectives on how and why they endure the emotional and physical hardships of the drive to be on stage.

Prima Ballerina

"Breathtaking performances!" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A gem...wonderful!" - Ballet-Dance Magazine

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. Each reveal their own unique style and personality in these extended sequences from classics such as Swan Lake, Shehezradze, Sleeping Beauty, The Legend of Love and many others.

The Dancer

"Anyone interested in ballet will want to see The Dancer." - Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

Follow the young and gifted Katja Björner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School as she develops into an international ballet star. Filmed with an eye toward conveying the physical aspects of dancing - the pain, sweat, and tears, as well as the exquisite beauty - The Dancer captures the fierce determination and struggle that goes into the desire to dance at the highest level.

Ballerina

"A jewel of a documentary." - Washington Post

"Dazzling, breathtaking!" - Boston Globe

In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes a portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre. From Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, from the backstage studio to performing on stages around the world, Bertrand Normand captures the sublime beauty of ballet, in all its resplendent glory. Featuring Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova and Evgenia Obraztsova.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Katja Björner, Diana Vishneva, Alina Somova
  • Directors: Nils Tavernier, Donya Feuer, Bertrand Normand, Laurent Gentot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Russian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VKZ2CW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,981 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert B. Campbell on November 3, 2010
All four of these selections were previously issued as separate DVDs, sold through and reviewed on Amazon. The package price is a good deal if one doesn't have any of the previously-issued DVDs. All of these DVDs were very good, with Etoiles being the best and most informative. The Dancer is interesting, although, contrary to what one reviewer said,the girl never became an international star of any magnitude.

Anyone intersted in this DVD should check the Amazon reviews of the four separately-issued DVDs.

Not having watched this DVD, I don't know if any cuts have been made.
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Excellent package for ballet lovers. "Etoiles" was
the least entertaining but most informative.
Both "Prima Ballerina" and "Ballerina" made riveting
viewing with wonderful dancers in the Russian style.
A must for lovers of classical ballet these 2 DVDs.
"The Dancer" a diversion into Scandanavian style which
was interesting. Also highly entertaining and informative.
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I watched Ballerina and wanted more. Voila! The Art of Ballet gives you an inside look that is literally just that. There's no spin, no 'Ballerina's have dark, sad lives devoid of love, etc.' These ladies do it because they love it, and some have familes. In Ballerina, one retires for two years, get's married and has a daughter, and then comes back to Ballet, where she is lauded as 'better than ever.'

It's engrossing, it's well shot, it's worth the buy. I loved it!
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For anyone who loves ballet this is a great box set of 4 fabulous documentaries. My favorite is Etoiles. The behind the scenes look at the Paris Opera Ballet was completely engrossing. The rehearsal footage of La Sylphide is incredibly beautiful. The mini documentaries about Zakharova and Lopatkina are very enjoyable. It's amazing to see the work ethic behind two incredible ballerinas who always seem to be pushing for more. For anyone interested in ballet or in love with ballet, as I am, I would recommend this collection.
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