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The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky

The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky (2002)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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To the degree that one artist can bring out the best in another, Nijinsky is an inspired masterpiece. Australian director Paul Cox has not fashioned a biography of Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1880-1950), nor is this a comprehensive survey of Nijinsky's influential works. Instead, Cox ventures deeply into Nijinsky's thoughts and emotions as expressed in diaries begun in 1919, just as the once world-famous dancer began his descent into... insanity? The question is valid, for what we


Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Paul Cox

Dec 3, 2002

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (12) | DVD (4)

Certainly no biopic, Nijinsky is short on facts, but long on expression.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Just the labour involved in creating the layered richness of the imagery in this chiaroscuro of madness and light is astonishing.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Those who are only mildly curious, I fear, will be put to sleep or bewildered by the artsy and often pointless visuals.

August 2, 2002
Washington Post
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Has its share of arresting images.

August 2, 2002
Washington Post
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Fans of Nijinsky will savor every minute of Cox's work.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It is not a mass-market entertainment but an uncompromising attempt by one artist to think about another.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A gift to anyone who loves both dance and cinema

February 3, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

.. this unorthodox documentary works for those who have a sensitivity to the artist and to his struggles against such a cold and indifferent world.

December 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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There is a beautiful, aching sadness to it all. Paul Cox needed to show it. It is up to you to decide if you need to see it.

November 22, 2002
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Though Nijinsky's words grow increasingly disturbed, the film maintains a beguiling serenity and poise that make it accessible for a non-narrative feature.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Cox is far more concerned with aggrandizing madness, not the man, and the results might drive you crazy.

July 26, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Jacobi, the most fluent of actors, is given relatively dry material from Nijinsky's writings to perform, and the visuals, even erotically frank ones, become dullingly repetitive.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

The film would work much better as a video installation in a museum, where viewers would be free to leave. Immediately.

July 15, 2002 Full Review Source:

Nijinsky says, 'I know how to suffer' and if you see this film you'll know too.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

Well-nigh unendurable...though the picture strains to become cinematic poetry, it remains depressingly prosaic and dull.

June 25, 2002 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Cox creates a fluid and mesmerizing sequence of images to match the words of Nijinsky's diaries.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Director Paul Cox's unorthodox, abstract approach to visualizing Nijinsky's diaries is both stimulating and demanding.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Audience Reviews for The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky

Cox embraces a wonderful life by making it about boring visuals and confusing shots. Not the way that Nijinsky deserves to be remembered.
June 25, 2013
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