The first part of this film features Galina Ulanova in excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Utilizing dazzling special effects, this production takes full advantage of the artistic qualities of the cinema, rather than merely recording the event. This is truly an historical film document, for it is the only extant tape of Ulanova as Odette.
The second part of this three-part ballet film contains a most unusual event, a one-of-a kind sequence in which two of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya, dance together in a memorable performance of B.V. Asafiev’s ballet, The Fountain Of Bakhchisarai. This is the only filmed record of these two great dancers performing together and it provides a unique opportunity to compare their different styles.
The great Russian dancer Vakhtang Chabukiani, is featured in the third part of this film in a performance of B.V. Asafiev’s The Flames Of Paris, which is a colorful homage to the French Revolution. This film also features the soloists and ballet troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre, and soloists, ballet troupe, choir and orchestra of the Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre.
“We will never see dancers quite like this again.” –Clive Barnes
Swan LakeOdette...Galina UlanovaOdile...Natalia DudinskayaPrince...Konstantine Sergeyev
The Fountain Of BakhchisaraiMaris...Galina UlanovaZarema...Maya PlisetskayaGirzi...Peter GussievVaclav...Yuri Zhdanov
The Flames Of ParisPhilippe...Vakhtang ChabukianiJeanne...M. Gottlieb
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