Ballets Russes
Ballets Russes (2005)

The revolutionary 20th-century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes began as a group of Russian refugees, who never danced in Russia, and became not one but two rival dance troupes. 'Ballets Russes' begins with the company's… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 26, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even if you know little about ballet, there is much to love about this documentary's captivating archival footage and its interviews with elderly former dancers who have much to share.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

A casual interest in dance is all it takes to enjoy Ballets Russes, an enchanting new documentary about the famed French ballet company.

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Margaret Putnam
Dallas Morning News

Capturing glimpses of those halcyon days, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine offer the documentary Ballets Russes, riveting in rare footage and poignant interviews with some of the dancers who brought ballet to the hinterlands.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

This is an invaluable record of ballet performances from the first half of the 20th century that otherwise might've been lost forever.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

... a heartening affirmation of the spirit that helped many dancers to thrive in their heyday more than half a century ago and to survive as teachers, dance devotees and priceless raconteurs.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Ballets Russes does an amazing job of unearthing footage of the famous ballet troupe from its beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris through to its demise in the '60s.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Chock-a-block with invaluable footage of historical performances and reminiscences by eminent survivors, gorgeous and awe-inspiring in their unquenchable life force.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Enchanting, edifying and exhilarating.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Vintage footage and modern interviews and staged 'events' tell the tale of this important piece of art history.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The talking heads, clips and photos are all so warm and dynamic that they make for quite a watchable film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jeremy Smith
Fascinating documentary on the world's most famous ballet.
Stefanie C
a fascinating review of the dance troupe initially formed from russian refugees. their ballets from 1909 thru the 1940's were artistic fusions of scenery,… More