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NUREYEV

(NR) Spotlight Cinema Networks - 110 min
  • DIRECTOR: David Morris, Jacqui Morris
  • STARRING: Dana Fouras as Farida Nureyev Marlon Dino as Male Ta tar Dancer Lucia Lacarra as Female Tartar Dancer

SHOWTIMES 07/16/2019 (change date):

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Synopsis:

This striking documentaryfrom BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui Morris and David Morris,traces theextraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous maledancer that transcended fame in the danceworld to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventualdefection to the West, an event that shocked the world.The filmfeatures never-before-seen footageandcontextualizes not just the man,but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politicallycharged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural andglobal phenomenon.A quarter of a centuryafterNureyev’sdeath, his story has never been more relevant: his defection tothe West is symbolic as Russia and the West struggle once more to reconcile conflicting values; as weobsess over celebrity, Nureyev’s status as a global icon in an age before social media isdoublysignificant; as the Russian government’s attitude towards homosexuality is seen as medieval in itsarchaism, Nureyev’s unapologetic openness about his sexuality over half a century ago can be seen forthe act of trailblazing bravery it truly was;and finally, having left a legacy in the dance world stemmingfrom Mikhail Baryshnikov to the current era of Marcelo Gomes, Carlos Acosta and Sergei Polunin, it istelling that Nureyev is still widely considered the finest male ballet dancer ever to grace the stage.

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