The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
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The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
To the degree that one artist can bring out the best in another, Nijinsky is an inspired masterpiece. Australian director Paul Cox has not fashioned a biography of Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1880-1950), nor is this a comprehensive survey of Nijinsky's influential works. Instead, Cox ventures deeply into Nijinsky's thoughts and emotions as expressed in diaries begun in 1919, just as the once world-famous dancer began his descent into... insanity? The question is valid, for what we witness here--eloquently expressed through Derek Jacobi's sublime readings of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Certainly no biopic, Nijinsky is short on facts, but long on expression."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Has its share of arresting images."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A gift to anyone who loves both dance and cinema"
‑ Josef Braun, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Though Nijinsky's words grow increasingly disturbed, the film maintains a beguiling serenity and poise that make it accessible for a non-narrative feature."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"The film would work much better as a video installation in a museum, where viewers would be free to leave. Immediately."
‑ Margaret Berry,
"Just the labour involved in creating the layered richness of the imagery in this chiaroscuro of madness and light is astonishing."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Fans of Nijinsky will savor every minute of Cox's work."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
".. this unorthodox documentary works for those who have a sensitivity to the artist and to his struggles against such a cold and indifferent world."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cox is far more concerned with aggrandizing madness, not the man, and the results might drive you crazy."
‑ Rachel Howard, San Francisco Examiner
"Nijinsky says, 'I know how to suffer' and if you see this film you'll know too."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Those who are only mildly curious, I fear, will be put to sleep or bewildered by the artsy and often pointless visuals."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It is not a mass-market entertainment but an uncompromising attempt by one artist to think about another."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There is a beautiful, aching sadness to it all. Paul Cox needed to show it. It is up to you to decide if you need to see it."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Jacobi, the most fluent of actors, is given relatively dry material from Nijinsky's writings to perform, and the visuals, even erotically frank ones, become dullingly repetitive."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Well-nigh unendurable...though the picture strains to become cinematic poetry, it remains depressingly prosaic and dull."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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