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I Am A Dancer 1972


Distributed by Film Movement
Produced by Pierre Jourdan
Directed by Pierre Jourdan and Bryan Forbes
Streaming, 92 mins

Ballet; Dance

Date Entered: 01/29/2021

Reviewed by Barb Kundanis, Longmont Public Library, Longmont, CO

This 1972 documentary offers a look into the world of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. We see Nureyev at the barre during class, in rehearsal, and in performance. His famed partnership with Margot Fonteyn is highlighted with excerpts from Marguerite and Armand based on La Dame aux Camelias. Besides featuring scenes from Sleeping Beauty, he also dances the more modern Field Figures and works on La Sylphide. A narrator links Nureyev's activities showing his hard work and dedication to his craft. Mostly the dancing is shown without interruption. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the greatest dancers in action along with his pairing with Fonteyn. Dance programs, of course, will benefit from showing this film to students to understand the importance of Nureyev in the history of dance.

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