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Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. (c) Kino Lorber

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It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" worth watching.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Arizona Republic
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"Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" presents enough teasing glimpses into the dancer's personal and inner life to demand a fuller picture.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Boston Globe
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This 2013 profile of famed ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq divides its running time between biographical information and synopses of creative achievements, but it doesn't aspire to anything more than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Chicago Reader
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LeClerq, who lived her later years with a fierce independence, died in 2001; in this thoughtful, quiet film, she lives on.

April 24, 2014
Seattle Times
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Afternoon of a Faun is primarily the story of a woman loved, desired, objectified and watched by men.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Globe and Mail
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It interviews friends and confidants, provides glimpses of what she was like as a person and, best of all, shows us clips of her dancing, which tell us so much of what we need to know.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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