Nutcracker (1982) with - Joan Collins!
Posted 05 September 2002 - 08:23 PM
Posted 05 September 2002 - 09:01 PM
Posted 05 September 2002 - 09:06 PM
There are these movies lying about. I have a video -- can't find it now, and I can't remember the name! -- where Fonteyn does a cameo as The Grand Ballerina who visits a local studio to give them prizes. It's wonderfully awful, the story of a poor but earnest dance student in London right after the war, who has to take about 5 buses to get to her dance classes. AND her evil rival who has enough ambition for the whole class. There's a fascinating, and witty, classthat shows the difference between Evil Rival and Good Girl Heroine. It's fascinating because a very bad dancer of that day is quite different from a very bad dancer of today. The Evil Rival has oodles of "soul" and no technique -- she primps, she preens, she has feet of jello. Since she doesn't get the leading role in the school show, what choice does she have but to lock the heroine in the basement? I forget how it ends -- happily. I think the heroine's little brother (played by Anthony Newley!) figures it out and rescues her.
There were a lot of little ballet films like this in the '40s and '50s, I think -- but 1982 is late for the stinker Mme. Hermine describes.
Quick! Cast Joan Collins in the international ballet repertory of that time.
Posted 05 September 2002 - 09:11 PM
Posted 06 September 2002 - 04:16 AM
found this: i think i'll look for this one!
A girl struggles to become a ballet star battling poverty & a jealous rival. Margot Fonteyn, Anthony Newley, Martita Hunt & Yvonne Marsh.
1947 64 min.
Posted 06 September 2002 - 08:00 AM
What about the dreadfully fascinating Specter of the Rose (1946) with Dame Judith Anderson and Mihael Chekhov?
Ben Hecht wrote & directed the overwrought screenplay about a "mad" male ballet star "Ivan Kirov" (!), played (and danced..um...eccentrically) by Andre Sanine (?) who obsesses over his new partner, "Viola Essen" played by the one-named Haidi.
It has absolutely nothing to do with Spectre, and is choreographed by none other than Tamara Geva!
Ivan's endlessly final solo as he dances "insanely" in a small hotel bedroom has got to be seen to be believed.
If you don't believe me, here's a sample of dialogue:
IVAN: Hug me with your eyes!
VIOLA: I am.
Posted 09 September 2002 - 06:35 PM
Posted 09 September 2002 - 07:15 PM
Posted 09 September 2002 - 08:02 PM
Thinking her fiance is dead in the War (WWI) she...well...needs to make rent...ahem...on the Waterloo Bridge. (Remember, this is post 1934 Censorship Code) So of course she's hit & killed by a truck!
BTW: a favorite with Russian audiences.
Remade as Gaby in 1956 with Leslie Caron (who actually dances in it)
Posted 09 September 2002 - 08:08 PM
Posted 10 September 2002 - 02:41 AM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 10:17 AM
The Joan Collins Nutcracker sounds just wonderfully awful. Is that video available? It sounds hilarious.
Posted 12 September 2002 - 10:30 AM
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