Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq Reviews

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March 17, 2014
"Here, in a few minutes of black-and-white footage, are a gaze, a touch, a few steps and a look out at the audience that create an unforgettable impression. "
March 7, 2014
Buirski takes us on an emotional journey, although the start may seem slow to people unfamiliar with the ballet world or Le Clercq's story.
March 6, 2014
[As Le Clercq falls to polio, director Nancy] Buirski digs up footage from the past of people encased in iron lungs or floating in nebulous wonderlands - outside-the-box visual cues that turn the film momentarily phantasmagoric.
February 26, 2014
"Afternoon of a Faun" brings to light Le Clercq's simultaneously depressing and inspirational story.
February 7, 2014
Illuminating, profound and poignant.
February 6, 2014
Flawed as it is, no balletomane should miss this one.
February 6, 2014
Classical dance great Jacques d'Amboise calls Tanaquil LeClercq's style a "path to heaven." And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes clear that he's right.
February 5, 2014
While it does profile the work of brilliant dancer, the film also contains two complex and moving love stories as well an account of a physically devastating tragedy followed by an extraordinary tale of struggle and survival.
February 4, 2014
It offers hardheaded commentary about the rigors of a dancer's life and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity.
February 4, 2014
Even in a wheelchair, Le Clercq, who died in 2000 at age 71, commands authority with little more than her captivating, wicked smile.
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