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.
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 McLellanSee all Editorial Reviews
- 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
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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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