Nureyev's Don Quixote / Lanchbery, Nureyev, Helpmann, Aldous, Australian Ballet
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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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally! A Nureyev ballet with great visual quality. So much fun to watch.Published 6 months ago by Diane
The finest production of Don Quixote ever recorded. I give it as a gift to family members with young children hoping to inspire them to
become involved in music and the arts.
I showed this in my 6th grade Spanish class. They enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth S.
A review from a 6th Grade Student:
This movie is family friendly. It is geared toward a younger age group. In the movie there are very funny things happening. Read more
First rate in all respects. Nureyev both choreographed and stars in this delightful ballet. Not to be missed.Published 23 months ago by Robert M. Nied
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