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Ballets Russes Reviews

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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
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Phyllis Fong
Village Voice
October 27, 2005
Enacts its drama with a light editorial hand and unavoidable sentimentality.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 30, 2006
Surprisingly heavy on its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Westal
Film Threat
September 10, 2005
This very conventional PBS style videodoc should not viewed before operating heavy machinery. However, there's plenty to fascinate devotees of the dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 10, 2005
Warmly humane, but never sentimental.
Eric D. Snider
January 14, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
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.
Peter Sobczynski
December 6, 2005
This footage is rough and relatively artless in cinematic terms but even through the grainy footage, one can get a real sense of the power and grace that the dancers brought to their craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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-
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John Anderson
October 26, 2005
Seamless, effortlessly grandiose and thoroughly entertaining.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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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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+
R. M. Campbell
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 17, 2005
It captures the heart and spirit of one of the 20th century's most fabled ballet companies, with a history that stretches continents and decades.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tony Medley
November 10, 2005
I would have thought that sitting there for two hours listening to people talk about ballet, of all things, would quickly put me to sleep. But I was fascinated and walked out of the screening invigorated.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
May 6, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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