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Director: Bertrand Normand     Starring: Norman,Bertrand
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211030948
UPC: 720229913843
UPC 14: 00720229913843
Category Keywords: Dancers  Documentary  Theatrical Release
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Editor's Note
Five rising stars in Russian ballet are put in the spotlight in this documentary. From their posts at the famed Mariinski Theatre (formerly the Kirov), the young women reflect on their art and the long, difficult path they have trod in pursuing it. Meanwhile, footage of performances--Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, and Evgenia Obraztsova--shows their astonishing talents in action.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/21/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 77 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 913843D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229913843
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
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Expert Review Ballerina - DVD Review
By: Jules Brenner filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/10/2009 4:48 PM
The world of the ballerina has around it a curtain of mystery, which serves the art of classical ballet by framing it within an aura of unapproachable beauty and physical fluidity. As dancers interpret surreal and mythological symbols, they turn into iconic specters of a composer's imagination. But, do dance schools and ballet companies purposely distance their dancers from the public eye so as to preserve the magic? Director Bertrand Normand proves with his documentary that there is no collusion of secrecy in ballet. It's only a matter of filmmaking ambition and opportunity....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Alina Somova - Dancer
Video Cast Info Svetlana Zakharova - Dancer
Video Cast Info Diana Vishneva - Dancer
Video Cast Info Ulyana Lopatkina - Dancer
Video Cast Info Elena Obraztsova - Dancer
Video Cast Info Frederic Podetti - Producer
Video Cast Info Yann Brolli - Producer
Video Cast Info Diane Baker - Narrator
Video Cast Info Bertrand Normand - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
"With an appropriately workmanlike method, Normand moves through the Ballet Academy's audition process, following the students' transformations into prima ballerinas." 02/01/2009

Washington Post
"[A]t the highest level of the profession, the unvarnished reality of a dancer's life contains plenty of genuine theater, as proved in Bertrand Normand's jewel of a documentary, BALLERINA." 03/06/2009

Los Angeles Times
"[A] beautiful snapshot of ballet life, Russian style, and a tribute to five particular ballerinas..." 04/17/2009

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Product attributeActor:   Norman,Bertrand
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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