Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq Reviews

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April 3, 2019
Afternoon of a Faun celebrates Tanny's unique physical gifts and profiles her phenomenal career in-depth, it more importantly gives the feeling that we know her.
July 7, 2017
The film exists as both a chronicle of her astonishing talent and her formidable spirit.
November 27, 2014
The film would be valuable for collecting this footage... even if its lapses as documentary cinema and storytelling device were far more serious than they are.
June 5, 2014
A beautiful tribute to a rare artist with an even rarer spirit.
May 29, 2014
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.
May 15, 2014
"Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" presents enough teasing glimpses into the dancer's personal and inner life to demand a fuller picture.
May 8, 2014
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.
April 24, 2014
LeClerq, who lived her later years with a fierce independence, died in 2001; in this thoughtful, quiet film, she lives on.
April 18, 2014
As tragedy of the woman whose whole life was the hothouse of the dance -- including narrating her wistful, matter-of-fact letters and journals during treatment -- the doc exploring the myth of Le Clercq will be a balletomane's delight.
April 18, 2014
Reminds us what the ballet world had for a time.
April 18, 2014
Afternoon of a Faun is primarily the story of a woman loved, desired, objectified and watched by men.
April 16, 2014
A hopelessly insular work [that] affirms the talent of its subject, but frustratingly fails to establish a cleanly delineated backdrop or emotional throughline for a general audience.
April 15, 2014
A fascinating story of American ballet and one of the greatest ballerinas in the world.
April 10, 2014
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.
April 4, 2014
A spooky, heartbreaking documentary about Tanny le Clercq.
April 4, 2014
Buirski easily affirms that the dancer's angular sensuality was but one aspect of her enduring creative power.
March 31, 2014
Mythic, indeed.
March 27, 2014
[A] strangely haunting, often heartbreaking new documentary.
March 20, 2014
What's most fascinating about "Afternoon of a Faun" - and what the movie could spend more time delving into - is ballet's grueling and fleeting nature.
March 20, 2014
Director Nancy Buirski not only is able to give rare insights into the dance world but a compelling tale of love, friendship and perseverance.
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