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Nureyev's Don Quixote / Lanchbery, Nureyev, Helpmann, Aldous, Australian Ballet

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Rudolf Nureyev and Robert Helpmann are thrilling in this Australian Ballet production. Also starring Lucette Aldous, Ray Powell, and Francis Croese. Shown in widescreen, and digitally restored to its' original brilliance. Includes bonus features.

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This 1973 film treatment of the ballet classic Don Quixote has a spaciousness, a freedom of movement often missing when a staged ballet production is taped for television. It captures the art of Rudolf Nureyev at the height of his powers, both as a dancer and as a choreographer. With distinguished supporting performances by Robert Helpmann and Lucette Aldous, the production balances lyric and narrative elements, wit and pathos, satire and idealism, with virtuoso solo and ensemble dancing.

Nureyev, a perfectionist, had an enormous airplane hangar in Australia transformed into a studio for the 25 days he spent dancing and shooting this episode in the crazy life of Cervantes's mock-epic hero. The routine 19th-century score by Ludwig Minkus has been modestly upgraded by conductor John Lanchbery, contributing positively to the performance's energy. --Joe McLellan


Special Features

  • Scene synopsis
  • Biographies of John Lanchbery, Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Helpmann, and Lucette Aldous
  • Documentary "A Little of Don Quixote" (16.5 min.)
  • Text summary of restoration process plus side-by-side comparison of the original and restored footage

Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Alder, Lucette Aldous, Ronald Bekker, Kelvin Coe, Francis Croese
  • Directors: Robert Helpmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ZEQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nureyev's Don Quixote / Lanchbery, Nureyev, Helpmann, Aldous, Australian Ballet" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
This complete version of the ballet by Minkus was supervised entirely by Nureyev, not only a great artist and dancer but also a man of excellent visual imagination. There are no weird camera angles, a fault that is common in film presentations done by filmmakers who are unfamiliar with the unique requirements of dance. It also presents Nureyev in an unusual role in which he is allowed to capitalize on his quick, bright sense of humor. THIS MOST EXCELLENT BALLET VIDEO IS LIVELY AND DELIGHTFUL, AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY BALLETOMANE'S VIDEO LIBRARY OR THE PERFECT INITIATORY PRODUCTION FOR THE BALLET NEOPHYTE.
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This DVD is a spectacular restoration of one of the best ballet films of all time. It has a terrific performance by Nureyev, and features the great Lucette Aldous, a perfect match for Nureyev in charisma and technique. The DVD also has numerous bonus materials, including a "making of" documentary and side-by-side before-and-after scenes to illustrate the restoration. I also have the VHS and laser disk of this movie, and they are both dark and dirty looking compared to this beautiful DVD. It's really a great improvement and well worth purchasing.
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I purchased this DVD based on what it says on the back cover, namely, that it was significantly based on the story by Spain's 15th century writer, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. This version is practically nothing like the real masterpiece by Cervantes (even as a spoof), and was not funny even to my 6 and 9 year old niece and nephew. They stopped watching it after 10 minutes (I was not surprised, as I had already reviewed it).
The animation is of the simplest kind. This was made by Australians, and unfortunately they apparantly suffer from the same ethnic misconceptions as many Americans. Based on the way Sancho's and other characters' accents and dark skin tones were represented here, you would think that they were of Mexican (predominantly Central American Indian descent) instead of European. La Mancha is just south of Madrid, Spain; and Spain is in Europe, not south of the Rio Grande! By the way Australians: there are no tigers in Africa (nor kangaroos).
In summary, stay away from this video. If you are looking for something different or educational (like I was), don't bother. Your children are better off watching reruns of Chicken Run, Toy Story, Disney, et cetera. I gave it 1 star only because there was no option for zero stars.
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Format: DVD
This totally remastered version of this ballet shows Nureyev at his most brilliant. The DVD itself has biographies on the artists but best of all it has "the making of" 20 minute special showing how the film was put conceived by two of the ballet worlds creative artists, Nureyev and Sir Robert Helpmann. Not to be missed for the true balletomane.
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I should have heeded the advice of the previous reviewer, but being an elementary school Spanish teacher and having a lot of trouble finding materials to teach el Quijote, I thought it would be worth it even if I could only use a couple short clips here and there to support my lessons. Unfortunately, the video is so off base that I couldn't even find a short clip to use. There is no mention of Quixana, Sancho calls him Don Quixote from the start, even before he decide to become a knight. Sancho is the one that gets thrown by the windmill in this DVD instead of Quixote (Quixote just got knocked over.) Quixote's cousins follow him around on his adventures (trying to steal his inheritance), so you have a horse and buggy following Quixote and Sancho most of the time. His cousin (the main evil character) instigates encounters that in the real book are caused by Quixote's imagination (such as getting Quixote to release the prisioners). I also would give it zero stars if that were an option.
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With Nureyev and Helpmann in the directorial chairs and Nuraeyev, Helpmann and Lucette Aldous as lead dancers, this 1973 film glittered with dance, costume, scenery and music. The 1999 restoration enables us to see the production at its best, a best which is hard to beat. The Don Quixote story is barely utilized but supplies the framework for ensemble, duet and solo dance which puts it among the finer demonstrations of ballet centered film making. Nureyev does not disappoint though dividing his energy between the two roles, directing and dancing. In Lucette Aldous and the Australian Ballet he has found able support while Robert Helpmann does well all that is required of him.
In all, a most entertaining movie with all the flashy movement and lush setting that one could hope for. Settle down in front of your screen and enjoy.
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O how beautiful it is to see Nureyev in action. No matter the moment, he gives it everything he has, and that is saying a lot. Even in the finale, where the entire cast appears and dances a spritely combination after, what 3 hours, he makes the combination wonderful. No offense to Dulcinea, who is quite lovely, but she shows that she is tired. Nureyev dances all the way through. Ah.
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Watching the artistry of Nureyev is always a great pleasure. The beginning is a little slow and some what boring, but Nureyev's comedic approach to the story and his beautiful performance completely make up for it. I have seen Robert Helpmann dance years ago and it was a treat to see him once again and Lucette Aldous gives a sparkling performance.
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