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Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:10 PM
the photo shows Nadezhda Pavlova.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:04 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:49 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:51 PM
hint: her costume in blue.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:36 PM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 03:05 AM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 04:01 AM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 05:59 AM
The 1976 Cukor movie, THE BLUE BIRD, a US/Soviet Russian collaboration (filmed in Russia, Leningrad I presume, with a cast of Soviet and American actors), didn’t stay in circulation very long. V.Canby’s NYTimes rev., easily found on google, is hardly positive.
The choreography is by Igor Belsky. Pavlova is the title role.
Interestingly the movie’s Russian title is SINYAYA PTITSA and not GOLUBAYA PTITSA (not sure I have transliterated correctly). The play includes, so far as I can recall, the Fairy of the plot sending two children in search of the Bluebird of Happiness, which I think she notes as being skyblue. (Elizabeth Taylor plays the script's mother and fairy.) But, SINYAYA means dark blue, indigo, I assume, and Golub’ means light/sky-blue. In THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, the Russians call the Perrault Bluebird "Golubaya Ptitsa"and I assume L’Oiseau bleu in it’s French language ref. to the role. This movie is called L’OISEAU BLEU in it’s French language reference. And hereabouts, so far as I can tell, a bluebird is a bluebird is a bluebird.
Regardless, Pavlova, revealing her marvelous physique etc., performs beautifully with a same glorious jump and use of her hands that I recall memorably from her US debut in ’73.
Canby’s review implies there might be more dancing in the Soviet version of the film, but the Russico DVD I have of the film, entitled SINYAYA PTITSA is preumbably the Soviet version –it can be played in Russian or in English, all more or less dubbed - but there isn’t all that much dancing to be seen.
The setting is “fantastic” garden/place where the children find themselves toward the end of their journey to discover and capture and bring home the bluebird of happiness.
Here is a second scan of my only publicity photo from the film.
Posted 06 September 2008 - 06:12 AM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:11 AM
somewhere i have a photo or two, when they surface i may scan and post.
leningrad legend that i've heard has it that the vivid blue-green color of virsiladze's costume scheme for Ferkhad, the painter of the narrative, was specifically chosen because it was so becoming on Nureyev; then RN bolted and the role went to Aleksandr Gribov, but the blue remained in place. (i wonder if there is Russian word for this shade of blue?)
Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:51 AM
Bolshoi Ballet season: New York State Theater, Aug. 1-26, 1979
w/ N. Pavlova as Shirin
V. Gordeyev as Ferkhad
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