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#1 rg

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 07:36 AM

the scanned publicity photo (hand-tinted by either the distributor or a previous collector) shows Toumanova in a Lichine? ballet partnered by an unidentified dancer.
i know no more than what the caption says beyond this.
anyone have sense of who partnered TT (as Pavlova) in this movie based on the life of impresair Sol Hurok?

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 10:02 AM

Going through the cast list (on imdb.com), there's a "Serge Perrault" as "Albrecht." According to the Internet Broadway Database site, Perrault was both an actor (in French) and a dancer with Roland Petit's company. Could that be it?

http://www.ibdb.com/...on.php?id=94581

Here's a head shot, which does look a bit like what we can see of the face of the man in your picture:
http://digitalgaller...l...36961&word=

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 12:06 PM

I just found a confirmation on Google Books: The American Film Institute Catalogue: Wlthin Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911-1960.

Serge Perrault, who played Pavlova's dance partner, was from the Paris Opera Ballet.


http://books.google....ZSx..."&f=false

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 02:04 PM

the scanned publicity photo (hand-tinted by either the distributor or a previous collector) shows Toumanova in a Lichine? ballet partnered by an unidentified dancer.
i know no more than what the caption says beyond this.
anyone have sense of who partnered TT (as Pavlova) in this movie based on the life of impresair Sol Hurok?


The photograph shows Toumanova and Perrault in a scene from ďAutumn LeavesĒ, (not that Pavlova would have recognised it) which was shot, but cut from the 1953 film except that you see a glimpse of this work under the credits at the beginning of the film.

I have heard that this ballet sequence was replaced by Zanuck some years later but it was not in the version which I last saw in 1974. David Lichine is credited for the choreography of the film.

Perrault trained at the Paris Opera(, entered the corps 1943-47) and left to join Roland Petitís company which had terrific success in New York with a programme that ran for 116 performances. He also appeared in Jean-Louis Barrault productions on Broadway.

Perrault taught at the Paris Opera from the 1970's to the late 1980's and he is the brother of a most distinguished French ballerina Lycette Darsonval and their nephew Francois Perron works somewhere in New York.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 04:47 PM

Perrault trained at the Paris Opera(1943-47) entered the corps and left to join Roland Petit’s company which had terrific success in New York with a programme that ran for 119 performances. He also appeared in Jean-Louis Barrault productions on Broadway.

The Internet Broadway Database has the casts for the Petit 's Ballets de Paris performances during two runs (Oct. 1949 - Jan.1950 and Oct. 1950 - Dec. 1950). One of Perrault's roles was the Toreador in Carmen.

:) It's interesting that Henry Danton also danced in that second season, performing the male lead in Le Combat. We had a thread on Danton earlier this summer, though I don't think his relationship with Petit was mentioned. Le Combat's choreographer isn't listed, but the music is Raffaello di Banfield's, so I would suppose it is Dollar's version
:
http://ballettalk.in...p?showtopic=312

I also noticed that, in the caption of rg's photo, 4th billing goes to "Ann Bancraft." That was Ann Bancroft, playing Emma Hurok. Is that Sol's wife?

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 07:27 PM

thanks to all.
i saw that Perrault name and wondered as the character he took on (uncredited) was this Albrecht.
these one-name dancers are a little world unto themselves.
Jilliana (of NYCB0
Giselle (of the American Ballet)
Perrault (of Petit)
etc.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 11:34 PM

Perrault trained at the Paris Opera(1943-47) entered the corps and left to join Roland Petitís company which had terrific success in New York with a programme that ran for 119 performances. He also appeared in Jean-Louis Barrault productions on Broadway.

The Internet Broadway Database has the casts for the Petit 's Ballets de Paris performances during two runs (Oct. 1949 - Jan.1950 and Oct. 1950 - Dec. 1950). One of Perrault's roles was the Toreador in Carmen. ...I also noticed that, in the caption of rg's photo, 4th billing goes to "Ann Bancraft." That was Ann Bancroft, playing Emma Hurok. Is that Sol's wife?


Roland Petitís, Les Balet de Paris played at the Winter Garden with a programme of Carmen, L'Oeuf Š la Coque, Pas d'Action, Le Combat from10/6/1949 - 1/14/1950 a total of 116 performances. Later in the year they returned and appeared at the National Theatre and Broadhurst Theatre from 8/10/1950 to 02/12/1950 performing Carmen, L'Oeuf Š la Coque Les Forains. In 1954 the company appeared at the Broadway Theatre giving 48 performances. Serge Perrault starred in all three visits. When Jean-Louis Barrault the great French actor/Director brought his company to the Ziegfield Theatre with three programmes in 1952, they ran between November 12 and December 30 with Serge Perrault appearing in two of the productions.

Yes Emma Hurok was Sol Hurokís wife and was as you say was played by Anne Bancroft in the film.

The production of Le Combat was indeed by William dollar with scenic and costume design by Marie Laure.

Ps I have made two small corrections to my original post.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 06:12 AM

In case anyone is interested the Fox Movie Channel is showing Tonight We Sing on Monday, August 17, 6:00 am ET.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 02:38 PM

this is likely the AUTUMN LEAVES segment cut from the movie, ostensibly with this Perrault looking like something of an outtake from Danny Kaye's "Hans Christian Andersen" as partner to Toumanova's sylph.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 05:25 PM

Perrault looking like something of an outtake from Danny Kaye's "Hans Christian Andersen"

You're right! It's the hat, I think. I wonder why they selected this photo for publicity: Toumanova looks uncharacteristically tentative ... and awkward.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 07:22 PM

It looks as though she is trying to prevent the top of her costume from falling down to her waist.

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 07:24 PM

I'd be worried too, in that pose in that costume...

[posted while duffster was posting.. I concur!]

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Posted 15 October 2009 - 09:41 PM

There's definitely A LOT of space-(and skin)-in between her bustier upper lines and her neck... :wacko: Yeah...it looks somewhat weird...(maybe she was one of those people with very long torsos compared to the length from the waist down...?)

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 05:44 AM

Funny, but my first thought was that she was in the process of slipping on one of those paper leaves. Do we have a "WOOOOPS!" emoticon?

rg, you've looked at so many of these publicity shots. Have you seen anything quite like this?

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Posted 16 October 2009 - 06:46 AM

actually i haven't seen that many publicity shots from movies with dancing.
this one strikes me as a lucky, and hoped for, snap of a moment from this number's choreography.
Perrault is animated in his way w/ the leg into which he leans on demi-point.
in sum it all looks more like caught animation than a carefully held pose.
one must factor i suppose into all, this Toumanova's age - she was nearing her mid-thirties and had quite a career behind her. there is a tension to her upper body in most of her moments on screen, especially in the dancing footage; also a strong determination.
my guess is that this was the 'moment' the photographer, perhaps in consultation w/ the dancers, wanted and the overall effect is what was welcomed by the publicity team.
the costume bodice position was perhaps a minor matter.
such stills were posted in vitrines outside theaters, and not necessarily meant for the scrutiny of scans on ballet chat sites, etc.


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