Ballerina The Movie
Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:53 AM
Posted 26 July 2009 - 12:56 PM
I think these dancers didn't necessarily make for good film subjects, although Vishneva came across with star-like quality. It could be because younger dancers have everything to lose by speaking publicly. I could listen to Farrell, Tallchief, Kistler, Danilova, Hayden, Baronova, d'Amboise, Russell, and Tchinarova (Finch) talk forever, and in the instances where I've seen them filmed backstage or coaching, they've been great. (I like hearing Kent, but not in huge doses.) I've never seen them in extensive film interviews, but dancers like Christensen, Sibley, and Gable, to give a few examples, fascinated me in "Striking a Balance", and Lynn Seymour comes across with a distinctive voice in her autobiography, "Lynn".
After watching this film I wonder if dancers really make for good film subjects. Their lives seem rather limited to hard work and endless rehearsals, and most of them are rather private people.
I found the coaches in the "Ballerina" film the most interesting.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:36 PM
I also compared this film to "Etoiles," a film about the Paris Opera Ballet, that for some reason I found much more interesting. I particularly remember how harsh Claude Bessy appeared in that film.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:24 PM
most insightful interview was Osta's in her dressing room. Furthermore, "Etoiles" closed the circle with the retirement performance of Elisabeth Platel's Sylph, and the company reception afterwards.
Normand stated at the time that he wanted to capture the different stages of the professional life of a Maryinsky female dancer. Both Somova and Obratzova weren't too forthcoming, but Obratzova was indeed the most "on" and animated of the two. True, when a dancer is just starting out, and they aren't established, they have to watch what they say. They won't open up. Obratzova admitted this with a nervous smile. She said, ". . . it's hard to know what others think of you. You may think things are alright, but they aren't necessarily. You have to be careful." The established primas, Uliana, Diana and Sveta didn't seem to volunteer anymore than what was asked by Normand.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:39 PM
Another very good documentary about a ballet company is Frederick Wiseman's "Ballet."
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