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Ballets Russes

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Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller

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About the Movie

Unearthing a treasure trove of archival footage, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have fashioned a dazzling and entrancing ode to the revolutionary 20th-century dance troupes that performed under the Ballets Russes banner. Ballets Russes maps the Diaghilev-era beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris -- when artists such as Nijinsky, Balanchine, Picasso, Matisse and Stravinsky united in an unparalleled collaboration -- to the halcyon days in the 1930s and '40s, when the Ballets Russes astonished American audiences with artistry never before seen, to the 1950s and '60s when rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition and internal mismanagement brought the last of the revered Ballets Russes companies to its knees. Directed with consummate invention and infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the companies' glamorous stars, Ballets Russes treats audiences to a rare glimpse of the remarkable dancers, choreographers, composers and designers who transformed the face of dance for generations to come.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 54
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The archival footage is so breathtaking, the reminiscences so piquant, that even a stranger to dance can't help but be swept up by this peek into such exquisite, now vanished glamour. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: The stories and people presented here are involving enough to enthrall anyone. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: A captivating if somewhat conventional documentary. – Sura Wood, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Ballets Russes may not be the greatest dance documentary ever made, but it could well be the most accessible and touching. – Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I saw this in the loval theatre, because my ballet instructor sudgested it, since her teacher was a member of the Ballet Russes(George Zoritch). I actually have had the pleasure of taking a class with him. He is amazing. He came to see our Nutcracker, and I have his autograph. While I saw this in the theatre, I actually took notes!

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