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Life Magazine Photo Archive Online's Ballet Photos

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A few months back Life Magazine started releasing their full photo archive for free on the web. I only recently went through the ballet photos I could find but their collection of Bolshoi pieces is especially interesting--great photos of Cinderella's original production, a Chinese ballet that I think must be The Red Poppy, etc etc:

http://images.google.com/hosted/life is the site and then you enter your search from there. Enjoy!

http://images.google.com/images?q=cinderel...q=source%3Alife are the Cinderella images that show off the massive original set.

What I was wondering about is there appear to be two different court sets. This one ( http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f?q=c...48ad1f7c0b89433 ) which corresponds with the Act II set in the Bolshoi Movie of CInderella more or less, and this one ( http://images.google.com/hosted/life/f?q=c...02744731841589d ) which I can't figure out WHAT scene it would be for.

Anyone know?

(There are also some great 1940s and 50s Royal Ballet images)

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Thanks for the links, Eric.

Sorry, I can't help you (but I am confident several BTers can). I won't complain about Life posting its great wealth of wonderful photos, but isn't frustrating that they're doing so with incomplete tags, titles, captions, titles, etc.? I've noticed a lot of erroneous dates among these collections, so caveat emptor.

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in haste, the last linked foto, fuzzy tho' it is, is evidently the ballroom scene of SWAN LAKE - Odile's Soviet panache of horned-owl feathers are part of the ballerina's blur. (one of the czardas[?] dancers can be seen sitting off to the side, with a couple from the mazurka[?] in the back.)

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This clears up SOO much thanks rq!--all the other posts are clearly Cinderella (it's great to see what sets in the 1960 film WERE from the stage version and how other scenes were done that clearly couldn't have worked on stage the way they did on film like the drop curtain for the foreign travels scenes). One thing about Bolshoi photos from this time--maybe it was partly because of designers like Peter Vilyams who designed Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet magnificently, almost too opulently--is how MASSIVE the stage looked. I mean the Bolshoi stage still looks massive but to me, it was never emphasised quite as much.

Carbro, I agree completely. I guess they put out as much as they could, as quickly as they could, but surely they have more complete credits for most of these. Still, as you say, it seems wrong to complain. BTW it's also a great resource for Broadway pics particularly from the 40s and 50s--some GORGEOUS West Side Story original cast colour shots I had never seen before.

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