I think the Ugly Sisters overwhelm the story in the 1969 video, because Helpmann is such a poisonous presence. I compared Helpmann and Ashton's performances to the earlier made-for-TV version with Fonteyn and Somes, and had forgotten that Macmillan was cast against Ashton, and between Macmillan's characterization and the changes made for the video, the balance is much better. That version did make a mess of the seasons variations, but the version is gold for preserving the Winter Fairy variation danced by Svetlana Beriosova.
#4 - Do the Ugly Sisters overwhelm the story?
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