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Ballets Russes Reviews

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
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
March 8, 2006
Enchanting, edifying and exhilarating.
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-
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-
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
November 10, 2005
The stories and people presented here are involving enough to enthrall anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 10, 2005
Warmly humane, but never sentimental.
November 4, 2005
A daisy chain of touching now-and-then moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2005
A captivating if somewhat conventional documentary.
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+
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 27, 2005
Enacts its drama with a light editorial hand and unavoidable sentimentality.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
October 26, 2005
Seamless, effortlessly grandiose and thoroughly entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 26, 2005
An affectionate look at the legendary dance comany.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2005
Enormously absorbing.