"Claude Bessy, Lignes d'Une Vie”-(Traces of a Life),French documentary by director Fabrice Herrault
Posted 02 September 2011 - 08:44 PM
From the Cinematheque website...
[size="4"]"Described as the “Golden Silhouette” by Serge Lifar, French ballerina Claude Bessy was an admired etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet and ran its prestigious school for decades. Americans know her as Gene Kelly’s partner in his “Invitation to the Dance.” Herrault’s intimate documentary, narrated by his subject, features rare vintage classroom and performance footage of the dancer in her prime, including works by Kelly, Serge Lifar, and Maurice Bejart. (In French and English with English subtitles)"[/size]
Youskevitch and Bessy in "Invitation to the Dance"
Posted 03 September 2011 - 06:15 PM
Posted 03 September 2011 - 06:56 PM
Two other noteworthy elements of the doc that bear repeating.
1.) All of the outtakes were film only - the audio was laid down separately by the filmmaker, as only a dancer can do.
2.) There is one piece of film used in the documentary which is a treasure among treasures (although I think it was mentioned elsewhere in a discussion about the film): the Lumiere Brothers film of El Cid. Very few film historians even realized that piece of film existed, and you can't even find information about it on google.
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