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New BBC Fonteyn movie "Margot"


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#31 smitty1931

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:15 PM

I don't see Ansanelli bearing much of a resemblance to Fonteyn looks wise, other than they both have dark hair.


True, but Ansanelli is a dancer. (If the makers of "Isadora" back in the Sixties had cast Lynn Seymour as in the title role, she wouldn't have been an exact physical match, but in spirit and style she would have been as close to Isadora as anyone could have gotten.)

Duff also strikes me as a little young for the movie's time frame described in the article - she will be playing the middle aged Fonteyn, not the young dancer. So in the best of all possible worlds a suitable mature ballerina would be cast in the role, although no one springs to mind offhand.

It may be, of course, that the filmmakers don't intend on showing much if any dancing, in which case the project would indeed be worth very little....

Thanks for commenting, everyone! Keep posting.

(Edited to note that my comment was in response to Old Fashioned's post and not Helene's, which I didn't see before posting, and so I've altered this post slightly to reflect that.)


Has anyone out there seen the DVD "MARGOT"? It is a complete coverage of her life and dancing thus no need for a movie, i.e a phony portrait.

#32 dirac

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:07 PM

Thanks, smitty1931. A dramatization or biopic doesn't have to be phony (although all too often they are). A good, or even mediocre, movie about Fonteyn would bring her name and story to people who might not know much about her and might even be fun to watch.

#33 dirac

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 04:02 PM

Anne-Marie Duff talks about the dance requirements of the role:


"I haven't done ballet since I was at school," she told Mandrake at a party after the premiere of the film Is Anybody There?, in which she stars opposite Sir Michael Caine. "I wasn't too bad then, but it was such a long time ago. Of course, they will have a prima ballerina to film all the intricate parts, but I think I'll need to practise standing on pointe."

Uh, yes, that would certainly help. It looks as if they are going to bring in a double for the ballet sequences, a la Claire Bloom/Melissa Hayden in Limelight, which worked reasonably well although not having the same person in both roles hampered the cinematography in the dance sequences. (Bloom has written that Chaplin was a martinet about her ballet classes, too Ė even if she wasnít doing the dancing.) However, a ballerina that matches up with Duff isnít going to look much like Fonteyn.....



#34 toeprints

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 06:26 PM

Google News reports that this film will be a 90 minute drama "which will explore her relationship with Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev," and will air in the autumn. This seems to be just another juicy, gossipy thing, and dancing will be minimal.

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 06:47 PM

Thanks for the update, toeprints. Oh, well.

#36 PeggyR

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 07:24 PM

Google News reports that this film will be a 90 minute drama "which will explore her relationship with Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev," and will air in the autumn. This seems to be just another juicy, gossipy thing, and dancing will be minimal.

A film about the relationship between Fonteyn and Nureyev with minimal dancing isn't about the relationship between Fonteyn and Nureyev, is it?:)

#37 leonid17

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 06:22 AM

A film about the relationship between Fonteyn and Nureyev with minimal dancing isn't about the relationship between Fonteyn and Nureyev, is it?:D


There is no witness evidence or statement by either Dame Margot or Rudolf Nureyev to suggest that having become the greatest and closest of friends and often social companions, that there was anything more to their relationship, apart of course from their legendary partnership. There have been a number of trashy books wriiten about these two great artists that have all contained factual errors that could have been easily checked, so how could you trust them in dealing with their matters of relationdship when no substanial evidence of relationship above what I have described exists and none I would suggest to be found, but only invented. I understand that the projected film has arisen from the existence of such published material and not an original work.

#38 toeprints

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:13 PM

More news reports today and yesterday state that this film is based on Daneman's book. Oh, Lord! There must be a need for BBC4 to air trash; I guess trash does sell. There was also something about a Nancy Bishop (some sort of production agent) looking for a "Rudolf Nureyev" look-alike, in his mid-twenties, for the role. She stated that a dancer would be preferable; if not, a double would be used for the dancing! And production begins the end of June. It does get sillier and sillier.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 06:16 PM

Dutch pop star to portray Rudi! According to London's Daily Mail, a Dutch pop star turned actor, Michiel Huisman, will play Rudi in the tv show, "Margot." He also has never danced before. A production exec. stated that, after scores of actors and dancers auditioned, Huisman was the only one who had the combination of animal magnitism and exoticism.

Derek Jacobi will portray Sir Fred Ashton; Penelope Wilton as Margot's Mom; and Lindsay Duncan will play Ninette de Valois. The only name I recognize is Jacobi.

#40 Jane Simpson

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:55 AM

There's now a trailer for this programme on the BBC's website. It may help you to decide whether or not this will be something you want to watch...

#41 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 03:14 AM

Boo, it won't let me watch, says 'not available in your area'.

#42 Jane Simpson

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 03:52 AM

Maybe it's a UK only thing - not something I can test! But don't fret about missing it.

#43 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 03:56 AM

i had a feeling. :angel_not:

#44 PeggyR

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 05:35 AM

...But don't fret about missing it.

Too bad; look at this cast:

Margot also stars Sir Derek Jacobi as choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton; Penelope Wilton as Margot's mother BQ; Lindsay Duncan as Ninette de Valois, founder of The Royal Ballet...

Those three are worth watching in anything, no matter how bad it is.

#45 Mashinka

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 02:01 AM

From the clip it is more awful than anything I could have possibly imagined.


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