Nureyev

A meticulous, heartbreaking tour de force.

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Nureyev


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This striking documentary from BAFTA-nominated directors Jacqui Morris and David Morris traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world. The film features never-before-seen footage and contextualizes not just the man but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon.

A quarter of a century after Nureyev’s death, his story has never been more relevant: his defection to the West is symbolic as Russia and the West struggle once more to reconcile conflicting values; as we obsess over celebrity, Nureyev’s status as a global icon in an age before social media is doubly significant; as the Russian government’s attitude towards homosexuality is seen as medieval in its archaism, Nureyev’s unapologetic openness about his sexuality over half a century ago can be seen for the act of trailblazing bravery it truly was; and finally, having left a legacy in the dance world stemming from Mikhail Baryshnikov to the current era of Marcelo Gomes, Carlos Acosta and Sergei Polunin, it is telling that Nureyev is still widely considered the finest male ballet dancer ever to grace the stage.

Not Rated
Genre
Documentary, Dance, Ballet, Culture Vulture, Bio-pic
Runtime
110
Language
English
Director
Jacqui Morris
David Morris
FEATURED REVIEW
Alison Roberts-Tse

The NUREYEV film revives famed dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s life with a multi-textured weaving of biographical quotes from memoirs, along with quotes from his friends and colleagues. Archival footage complements these testimonials, documenting his growth from an impassioned young soloist to a masterful ...

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