Vladimir Vasiliev, as the slave who leads an unsuccessful revolt against the Romans, dances and acts on a heroic level that is the performance of a lifetime. Marius Liepa matches him on every point magnificently as the villain, the Roman general Crassus; Natalia Bessmertnova and Nina Timofeyeva round out the balletís great original cast.
With its phalanxes confronting the camera head-on and its slow-motion shots of Mr. Vasiliev soaring through the sky, the film takes its chances. It is also one of the best dance films ever made.
Composed by: Aram Khachaturian
Conducted by: Algis Zhuraitis
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