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NY Export: Opus Jazz

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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NY Export: Opus Jazz is a scripted adaptation of a 1958 "ballet in sneakers" by Jerome Robbins, a companion piece to his legendary West Side Story, that tells an abstract tale of disaffected urban youth. Shot entirely on location in the abandoned spaces of today's New York City on anamorphic 35mm, the film returns the original choreography to the streets that inspired it. Featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet, NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ reveals the timelessness of Robbins' vision.

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"Smart, fiercely cool" --New York Press

"Innovative." --The Los Angeles Times

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  • Actors: The New York City Ballet
  • Directors: Henry Jost, Jody Lee Lipes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Factory 25
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZJ94UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By D. Taggart on October 17, 2010
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I was fortunate to see this when it was broadcast on Great Performances. If you have any interest at all in dance - really really good dance - you need to see this film. Jerome Robbins remarkable choreography combined with exciting young dancers and fine filmmaking makes for a memorable experience. I plan to see it again and again, just as soon as the DVD is released.
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Having seen the ballet live in NYC, I was fascinated by the way the choreography was set to fit into the background of NYC streets and buildings and how it complemented the original choreography, which of course is "àla West Side Story". One must always remember that film is two dimensional and the stage is three dimensional and it's a LIVE presentation each and every time.
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This is a great ballet!

Classic Jerome Robbins choreography. Dancers from the NYC Ballet.
Love the locations in NYC that were used.

A must have for dance lovers! Energizing and entertaining!
Just fun to watch and makes you smile!
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I watched this each time it aired on Great Performances and was totally spellbound each time. Video isn't always the best way for an audience to feel the energy of a dance piece, but it's so well done that the experience of watching the film definitely rivals the live experience. It's very intimately shot but the camera work also allows you to see the patterns of the dancers' bodies from many angles, including really beautiful aerial shots.
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I was in awe the first time I viewed this on TV and continue to be amazing at the quality of the dancing. The filming production is first rate, the music is engaging, and, of course, the choreography is beyond comparison. Fabulous!!
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With the poetic justice of Balanchie's amazing collection of choreography for the New York City Ballet it is some times very easy to forget that Jerome Robbins fresh approach to dance throughout the 20th Century can still catch you by total surprise. A master of form, shape, texture, and musicality this video brings a unique and offbeat side of the New York City Ballet and the unmistakable Robbins's mastery of lyrical jazz to the focus. With a marriage pedestrian costuming and melange of metropolitan settings the choreography creates a story and feeling that is so clearly Robbins its as if it was created yesterday! If you love Robbins then this video is a different side of him and highly recommended.
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This is truly a great performance of this masterpiece of dance and music. So proud of this generation to appreciate and respect the creativity that inspired this work in 1958. Hats off to Robert Prince, Jerome Robbins, Ballets U.S.A. of the 1950s and the New York Ballet of this decade!
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Weak. A labored effort to be hip. Robert Prince's magnificent jazz score is cut and poorly recorded. Robbins' cool choreography is interspersed with non-dance and non-musical sequences that are supposed to generate some sexual heat. Instead, they add dullness. How condescending. As though viewers can't handle a bit of subtlety from the real article from the 1950's without this contrived updating. I had such high hopes. Turn to West Side Story for electrically-charged dance scenes and a much more contemporary feel. This one never gets started.
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