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Certainly no biopic, Nijinsky is short on facts, but long on expression.
Just the labour involved in creating the layered richness of the imagery in this chiaroscuro of madness and light is astonishing.
Those who are only mildly curious, I fear, will be put to sleep or bewildered by the artsy and often pointless visuals.
Has its share of arresting images.
Fans of Nijinsky will savor every minute of Cox's work.
It is not a mass-market entertainment but an uncompromising attempt by one artist to think about another.
A gift to anyone who loves both dance and cinema
.. this unorthodox documentary works for those who have a sensitivity to the artist and to his struggles against such a cold and indifferent world.
There is a beautiful, aching sadness to it all. Paul Cox needed to show it. It is up to you to decide if you need to see it.
Though Nijinsky's words grow increasingly disturbed, the film maintains a beguiling serenity and poise that make it accessible for a non-narrative feature.
Cox is far more concerned with aggrandizing madness, not the man, and the results might drive you crazy.
Jacobi, the most fluent of actors, is given relatively dry material from Nijinsky's writings to perform, and the visuals, even erotically frank ones, become dullingly repetitive.
Cox embraces a wonderful life by making it about boring visuals and confusing shots. Not the way that Nijinsky deserves to be remembered.
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