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Tanaquil Le Clercq: the film?A proposed film about Le Clercq


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#16 ViolinConcerto

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:54 AM

I am also glad it's happening, but we have to consider that this film will be putting out the hat to raise funds, and right now, there's really not enough to go all around. I hope that films like "In Balanchine's Classroom," will not lose out.

#17 pherank

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

A friend pointed out that none of the clips in the American Masters Balanchine documentary exceeded 60 seconds, apparenly the standard for audio/video fair use. I hope that for this project, rights holders grant permissions for longer excerpts.


There isn't a great deal of footage available on Tanny, certainly not available to the public, but there is fairly tangible evidence that there is more under wraps as it were, in the NY Public Library and Jerome Robbins Library collections (as mentioned in this thread: http://balletalert.i...quil-le-clercq/

La Valse (in many ways Le Clercq's signature role) is apparently on film:
http://www.worldcat..../oclc/438155528

Note the documentary website is at this URL as well, and there's some actual project info on this page:
http://derekbritt.co...rnoon-of-a-faun

#18 Natalia

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

She starred in the 1952 TV drama, A Candle for St. Jude, which includes some dance. Alas, I couldn't find it on YouTube.

http://movies.msn.co...le-for-st-jude/

There's actually quite a bit of Le Clercq on celluloid, including what's in the NYPL. It's just not out in the open/commercially available.

#19 rg

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

A CANDLE FOR ST. JUDE was released, at least, at one point for however long such videos are released, on videocassette. maybe Beta but also, if mem. serves, also VHS.

#20 Natalia

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

Thanks, RG.

I'm also sure that most readers here are aware of the film of Le Clercq/D'Amboise dancing Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun, as part of the VAI DVD The Art of the Pas de Deux, Part 3.

Edited to add:
VAI also released said pdd in the D'Amboise compilation, Portrait of a Great American Dancer.

#21 Neryssa

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

[size=3][font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Didn't Balanchine choreograph Le Clercq in Cinderella in the late 1940s for television? I hope Nancy Buirski and Ric Burns are able to release their documentary earlier than later this year. I have been waiting for it all my life.[/font][/size]

#22 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:03 AM

CINDERELLA

[size=2]Made for Television [/size]
[size=2]Music: By Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (excerpts from Symphonies Nos. 1 [1866, revised 1874] and 2 [1872, revised 1879]; adagio from Symphony No. 3 [1875]). [/size]
[size=2]Choreography: By George Balanchine. [/size]
[size=2]Production: Produced by Paul Belanger. [/size]
[size=2]Cast: Cinderella, Tanaquil Le Clercq; Fairy, Jimmy Savo; Ugly Sisters, Ruth Sobotka, Pat McBride; Prince, Herbert Bliss; corps de ballet.

First Telecast:April 25, 1949, Through the Crystal Ball, CBS. [/size]

#23 Natalia

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

There was also a one-hr TV version of Coppelia ca 1952, starring Le Clercq, but with an odd title that I do not recall.

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

I think there is another thread somewhere about this but darned if I can find it. Anyway, the producers have just posted a trailer:

The credits say it is sponsored by PBS and WNET and American Masters. Does anyone know when it's supposed to air?

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

Thanks for that, phrank.  Seeing d'Amboise, Ash, and others who knew and danced with Le Clercq, will be  wonderful.  I like the title, "Afternoon of a Faun."  The Faun is usually the boy.  Here the Fawn, of course, will be LeClercq.  Every memoir of NYC in that era (those that include her) paints a fascinating and admiring picture.  A regret of mine is that, if I ever saw her dance,  I was too young and untutored to know who she was.
 
Carbro writes:
 

A friend pointed out that none of the clips in the American Masters Balanchine documentary exceeded 60 seconds, apparently the standard for audio/video fair use. I hope that for this project, rights holders grant permissions for longer excerpts.

 
One of the problems about obtaining permissions is that it is burdensome even to determine, let alone get in touch with, those who might conceivably HAVE a claim to rights.  This includes unions, reps of choreographers, photographers, designers, heirs, etc.  Then there are the legal costs.
 
The budgets of documentaries like this -- even if part of the American Masters franchise -- rarely go that far.

#26 naomikage

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 09:03 PM

Official site of the documentary film Tanaquil Le Clercq Afternoon of a Faun has launched: .

 

http://www.afternoonofafaun.com/

 

There is also a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

https://www.facebook.com/TannyFilm

https://twitter.com/TannyMovie

 

And will have its International Premiere at Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival as part of the BERLINALE SPECIAL series.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:58 PM

Greetings, BalletLovers (and TannyLovers)l,

 

The official site lists only two venues for screenings - Santa Fe and NYC - no others?  Is this film not showing in movies houses across the country?  Can anyone explain this, please?  Any info you can provide is welcome. Thank you. 



#28 sandik

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:03 PM

I don't know what their long-range plans are, but oftentimes a film maker will do the festivals first -- that gets you some reviews that you can use when you try and find more outlets for the work.

 

It could also be that, since this is heading for a PBS release, they want to wait until after that broadcast to show it other places...




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