Ballets Russes Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 25, 2006
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 17, 2006
A casual interest in dance is all it takes to enjoy Ballets Russes, an enchanting new documentary about the famed French ballet company.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 10, 2006
... a heartening affirmation of the spirit that helped many dancers to thrive in their heyday more than half a century ago and to survive as teachers, dance devotees and priceless raconteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 8, 2006
Enchanting, edifying and exhilarating.
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Margaret Putnam
Dallas Morning News
February 16, 2006
Capturing glimpses of those halcyon days, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine offer the documentary Ballets Russes, riveting in rare footage and poignant interviews with some of the dancers who brought ballet to the hinterlands.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 21, 2006
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2006
Ballets Russes does an amazing job of unearthing footage of the famous ballet troupe from its beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris through to its demise in the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 27, 2005
Vintage footage and modern interviews and staged 'events' tell the tale of this important piece of art history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 10, 2005
Geller and Goldfine orchestrate a ballet movie that is every bit as entertaining, gossipy and relevant as it is historically accurate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 18, 2005
Dance fans will be dazzled by its treasure trove of archival dance footage. But those who know little of ballet will find plenty here to feed the soul, in the film's rich portraits of men and women nearing the end of a life lived in the arts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
November 17, 2005
Ballets Russes may not be the greatest dance documentary ever made, but it could well be the most accessible and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
November 11, 2005
An electrifying documentary by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine that lovingly and authoritatively brings to life an era of unequaled artistic excitement.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2005
The stories and people presented here are involving enough to enthrall anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 10, 2005
Warmly humane, but never sentimental.
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
November 4, 2005
A daisy chain of touching now-and-then moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
November 3, 2005
A captivating if somewhat conventional documentary.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 2, 2005
The archival footage is so breathtaking, the reminiscences so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can't help but be swept up by this peek into such exquisite, now vanished glamour.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 29, 2005
Geller and Goldfine have assembled a vital historical document, covering a cultural era now mostly lost, corrupted imperceptibly but permanently when fledgling ballerinas started dreaming about Broadway and Hollywood instead of Swan Lake.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 28, 2005
Blessed with a surfeit of archival footage and dozens of marvelous, first-person stories, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have created a rich, complex portrait of the legendary Russian Ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Phyllis Fong
Village Voice
October 27, 2005
Enacts its drama with a light editorial hand and unavoidable sentimentality.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 26, 2005
Ballets Russes, a graceful and fascinating documentary, chronicles the world of dance following the 1929 death of the ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 26, 2005
Directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have done a fine job of locating old footage of the companies -- much in color -- but an even better one of locating the company's old dancers.
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 26, 2005
Seamless, effortlessly grandiose and thoroughly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 26, 2005
An affectionate look at the legendary dance comany.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 10, 2005
Enormously absorbing.