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Ballets Russes Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Chock-a-block with invaluable footage of historical performances and reminiscences by eminent survivors, gorgeous and awe-inspiring in their unquenchable life force.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 22, 2006
The talking heads, clips and photos are all so warm and dynamic that they make for quite a watchable film.
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Urban Cinefile
May 10, 2006
An informative, insightful glimpse into the ballet company that made an impact on the development of the dance form...a history lesson and an unforgettable close up encounter with some of its artists
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 31, 2006
An uplifting and deeply satisfying meditation on the passage of time and the resilience of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 30, 2006
Surprisingly heavy on its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 30, 2006
Misses out on a chance for wider appeal by mixing approaches, dryly unloading lots of inside-baseball information about a ballet company that went kaput more than 40 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 22, 2006
Never fully explores the stubborn, arduous passion of ballet, [but] . . . skips along pleasantly enough from pointed anecdotes to historical footage before closing with a stirring final flourish.
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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
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 9, 2006
Even non-ballet fans can find something captivating in this multifaceted portrait of enormous artistry, elite talent and fierce rivalry, all set against the unique permutations of 20th century history.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 8, 2006
Enchanting, edifying and exhilarating.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 4, 2006
Deftly mixing talking-head interviews, archival footage, and sly musical cues, Ballets Russes impressively catalogues 30 years of the companies' triumphs and failures, and does so in a way that a dance neophyte can easily absorb ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 3, 2006
A rather dry story that's really more for dance enthusiasts than the general public.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 18, 2006
Lets even those who hardly know the difference between a tu-tu and a pirouette in on the inner secrets of the illustrious ballet company.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
February 18, 2006
Ballets Russes is a riveting document of the history of 20th century ballet, partly for the films but mostly for the extensive interviews with the 'baby ballerinas' and other remarkable dancers.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 17, 2006
Ballets Russes, fondly uniting interviews of aged ex-dancers with almost fairy-spun clips from their youth, is a peacock reunion beneath a chandelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 15, 2006
Not only consistently engrossing but genuinely engaging, if technically conventional....Bravo!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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-
Kent Turner
January 3, 2006
The documentary suggests the elixir of youth may be found at the barre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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