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Sleeping Beauty: The Classic Motion Picture With The Kirov Ballet / Alla Sizova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Natalia Makarova

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The Kirov Ballet in Tchaikovsky s Sleeping Beauty

The Kirov Ballet performs Tchaikovsky s beautiful ballet, Sleeping Beauty, in this classic color motion picture from 1965, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, which the New York Times called some of the finest classical choreography ever created.

Kirov ballerina Alla Sizova stars as Princess Aurora, the role which made her a legend among dancers. In his review of the film, Clive Barnes called Sizova radiant and delicate, a great ballerina in the first flush of her powers. Yuri Solovyov co-stars as the Prince, Natalia Dudinskaya portrays Carabosse and a young Natalia Makarova has a featured role as Princess Florina.

For a look at the great Kirov Ballet performing one of the world s most beloved ballet in an acclaimed film, this collector s item is truly the fairest of them all.

Cast
Aurora: ALLA SIZOVA
Desire: YURI SOLOVYOV
Carabosse: NATALIA DUDINSKAYA
Princess Florina: NATALIA MAKAROVA
Blue Bird: VALERI PANOV
Lilac Fairy: IRINA BAZHENOVA
The Queen: OLGA ZABOTKINA
The King: VLADIMIR UKHOV

Also featuring the dancers and orchestra of the Kirov State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and students of the Vaganova Choreographic School.

This program has been digitally encoded from the best source materials available. Best efforts have been made to restore all audio and video imperfections for DVD. But due to the age of the production, this DVD may still contain some of the imperfections inherent in the original master tapes. The historic value of preserving this program on DVD far outweighs those minor technical imperfections that could not be digitally corrected.


Product Details

  • Actors: Alla Sizova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Natalia Makarova
  • Directors: Kirov Theatre
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Soundtrack
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RO6K1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This ballet movie is simply great. I've watched seven full-act performances of the Sleeping Beauty (3 Kirovs, Bolshoi, Royal, Paris Opera, Het), and I think this Kirov's 1964 production is one of the best in terms of the classical beauty and purity. This is a film version, not a recording of a stage performance, so the set design and special effects impossible on the stage could be realized to enhance the charm of the production. Also, this film is a shortened version that lasts for about one and a half hours, with a few sequences removed and rearranged.

The two stars featured here are Alla Sizova as the princess Aurora and Yuri Solovyov as the prince Desire. Sizova was known to be the best Aurora in the world in 1960s. She was Rudolf Nureyev's favorite partner, and it is said that she's the one that could've made Nureyev want to go back to Soviet Union. She was a greatly talented ballerina, and as you can see, she was really pretty, lively, elegant and beautiful. Her smlie especially is radiant. Solovyov was an outstanding, noble dancer, an ideal partner for her. You can also see Natalia Dudinskaya, one of Vaganova's distinguished pupils, as the wicked fairy Carabosse (dancing en pointe) and Natalia Makarova as the princess Florina before she defected to the West. The Kirov's corps de ballet was, as always, graceful and in a perfect fashion. I recommend all who admire great Russian ballets should watch this film.

However, I suggest you should not buy this Kultur-manufactured DVD. The reason is as follows. The original screen ratio was in cinemascope, about 2.35:1, but Kultur has cut the left and right sides of the picture to make it look large on the ordinary 4:3 TV screen, so the dancers in this DVD are sometimes out of the screen.
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In my humble opinion, no better version of this ballet exists. That is, at least, in the six versions I own. I've only been collecting ballets on DVD since February of 2008, so I will not claim to be an expert on ballet, and Sleeping Beauty in particular. However, I already know what I like in ballet, and this one I LIKE. Next on my favorite "Beauty" list is the Australian Ballet version, w/Christine Walsh and David Ashmole.....Sleeping Beauty / Christine Walsh, Australian Ballet.....They are the couple who got me started in my love affair with this beautiful art form. Though I have seen a few live performances of ballet, it never dawned on me how beautiful it could be.

The Het National Ballet (hereinafter to be called the Dutch version) has the most sumptuous sets and costumes of any version I've seen, although the Australian Version comes close. Sir Peter Wright explains in the bonus material, just how important mime is in Ballet, and that the roles of the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse (care a boss) should be mime roles, which they are in this version. Even though Carabosse is in a full length gown befitting an evil Fairy Queen, she does a bit of dancing and twirling. This Carabosse is played by a women though my Russian versions use men. I think a woman playing a female character simply works better. An example of a man in that role is...Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty / Semizorova, Fadeyechev, Speranskaya, Kopilov, Bolshoi Ballet.

Aurora is played by the brilliant Sofiane Sylve and the Prince is played by Gael Lambiotte.
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This is a movie version of 'Sleeping Beauty' which captures the magical, fairytale quality of the ballet. I thought all the dancers were excellent, especially 'Carabosse' danced by Natalia Dudinskaya. This movie is only 84 minutes long so some of the music and choreography is gone. The 'Bluebird' dance is much shorter than usual with only the first part danced and no solo's. This movie was filmed in 1965 but to me it looks more like a 1930's movie. I think the imperfections of the film add a charm that a modern up-to-date DVD lacks. It's really a joy to watch and moves along quickly. There's a lot of beauty and drama to be seen and I know I'll watch this film many times.
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It was this ballet by the Australian Ballet that got me started so late in life (77) in a love affair with this beautiful art form. For me, this is next to the best performance of The Sleeping Beauty available. I have six copies so far, and may get more. If you are like me and just getting started on your collection, you need this information in order to avoid buying copies you won't like. I am certainly not an expert on ballet, I only know what I think is beautiful, and that is ALL that matters. Whether a dancer is technically perfect does NOT matter to me, only that he or she is beautiful and graceful, and acts his or her part well.

Christine Walsh is a beautiful Princess Aurora. She is young enough to pull off her role as a sixteen year old girl, though she may be twice that age. Her partner David Ashmole is a very handsome and capable Prince Florimund. Joanne Mitchel is beautiful in the role of The Lilac Fairy, and Andrea Toy was a wonderfully mean looking Carabosse, with her equally mean looking bird like minions who transported her to the palace. Her little monsters are the best of any ballet I have, and they were very good actors, as they tried to scare and intimidate everyone at the palace.

Christine's balance in her Rose Adagio (IMO the most famous dance in all of ballet) was very good. At the end of the Adagio, she lowered her extended leg a little during her last hand exchange with her suitor, but she was able to get her arms into the fifth position w/o losing her balance. In fact, she put her arms into the fifth position after each of the eight hand exchanges, and her Sidney audience loved it. Many ballerinas do not (or cannot) raise their arms into the fifth position after a hand exchange, but simply go from one suitors hand to the next.
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