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With: Irina Baronova, Yvonne Chouteau, Yvonne Craig, Frederic Franklin, Alan Howard, Nathalie Krassovska, Alicia Markova, Nina Novak, Marc Platt, Wakefield Poole, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Tatiana Stepanova, Maria Tallchief, Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Miguel Terekhov, Nini Theilade, Raven Wilkinson, Rochelle Zide, George Zoritch, Marian Seldes (narrator)
Written by: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder, Gary Weimberg
Directed by: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 118
Date: 03/19/2013

Ballets Russes (2005)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Tour de Dance

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Though directors Dayna Goldfine and Dan Gellar have assembled yet another PBS-ready, Ken Burns-style documentary full of talking heads, clips and photos, these talking heads, clips and photos are all so warm and dynamic that they make for quite a watchable film. The filmmakers interview many surviving members of the famous ballet troupe and make a convincing case for their innovations during the 1930s and 1940s. However, the film assumes that the viewer knows something about ballet, and my knowledge starts and stops with Powell and Pressburger's film The Red Shoes (1948).

DVD Details: Zeitgeist's DVD comes with lots and lots of extras, including more clips and photos. The DVD box advertises an "Easter Egg," but I was unable to find it.

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