Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq (2014)

Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 23, 2014
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make "Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" worth watching.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

LeClerq, who lived her later years with a fierce independence, died in 2001; in this thoughtful, quiet film, she lives on.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film would be valuable for collecting this footage... even if its lapses as documentary cinema and storytelling device were far more serious than they are.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

"Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq" presents enough teasing glimpses into the dancer's personal and inner life to demand a fuller picture.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

Afternoon of a Faun is primarily the story of a woman loved, desired, objectified and watched by men.

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Daniel Walber
Nonfics

A beautiful tribute to a rare artist with an even rarer spirit.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This 2013 profile of famed ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq divides its running time between biographical information and synopses of creative achievements, but it doesn't aspire to anything more than the sum of its parts.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It interviews friends and confidants, provides glimpses of what she was like as a person and, best of all, shows us clips of her dancing, which tell us so much of what we need to know.

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Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

As tragedy of the woman whose whole life was the hothouse of the dance -- including narrating her wistful, matter-of-fact letters and journals during treatment -- the doc exploring the myth of Le Clercq will be a balletomane's delight.

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