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For Art's Sake: The Story of Ballets Russes (2009)

TV Movie | 60 min | Documentary

In the centenary year since the founding of the Ballets Russe, this documentary looks back at Sergei Diaghilev and the company he created, what they did and the influence they had, even a 100 years later. There were no films made of the ...See moreIn the centenary year since the founding of the Ballets Russe, this documentary looks back at Sergei Diaghilev and the company he created, what they did and the influence they had, even a 100 years later. There were no films made of the Ballets Russe themselves, Diaghilev didn't want their work filmed. But the documentary shows many other companies performing works first introduced by the Ballets Russe. Interviews with people talking about what they did, some archive interviews with those no longer with us and many new interviews. They talk about the dancers, the choreographers, the composers, the designers, all brought together by the maestro Diaghilev. The company only survived for about 20 years, until Diaghilev's death, but it is the root of nearly every dance company in the world. Written by Steve Crook See less
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Huw Walters (lighting cameraman) (as Huw Talfryn Walters)
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Lynn Seymour
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Alastair Macaulay
Himself - Chief Dance Critic: The New York Times Himself - Chief Dance Critic: The New York Times   See fewer
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Bob Gottlieb
Himself - Writer and Editor Himself - Writer and Editor   See fewer
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Judith Mackrell
Herself - Writer and Dance Critic Herself - Writer and Dance Critic   See fewer
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Lynn Garafola
Herself - Author: 'Diaghilev's Ballets Russes' Herself - Author: 'Diaghilev's Ballets Russes'   See fewer
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Richard Davenport-Hines
Himself - Historian and Author Himself - Historian and Author   See fewer
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Anna Pavlova
Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage) Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage)   See fewer
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Frederic Franklin
Himself - Dancer: Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo Himself - Dancer: Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo   See fewer
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Elena Gludjidze
Herself - Principal Dancer: English National Ballet Herself - Principal Dancer: English National Ballet   See fewer
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Karl Lagerfeld
Himself - Creative Director: Chanel Himself - Creative Director: Chanel   See fewer
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Wayne Eagling
Himself - Artistic Director: English National Ballet Himself - Artistic Director: English National Ballet   See fewer
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Marie Rambert
Herself - Founder: Ballet Rambert (archive footage) Herself - Founder: Ballet Rambert (archive footage)   See fewer
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Joan Acocella
Herself - Dance Critic Herself - Dance Critic   See fewer
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Julian Barran
Himself - Art Dealer Himself - Art Dealer   See fewer
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Mary Fellows
Herself - Fashion Director and Consultant Herself - Fashion Director and Consultant   See fewer
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Howard Goodall
Himself - Composer and Broadcaster Himself - Composer and Broadcaster   See fewer
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Pierre Boulez
Himself - Composer and Conductor Himself - Composer and Conductor   See fewer
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Tamara Karsavina
Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage) Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage)   See fewer
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David Dawson
Himself - Choreographer Himself - Choreographer   See fewer
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Igor Stravinsky
Himself - Composer (archive footage) Himself - Composer (archive footage)   See fewer
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Millicent Hodson
Herself - Chreographer and Dance Historian Herself - Chreographer and Dance Historian   See fewer
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Lydia Sokolova
Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage) Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage)   See fewer
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Léonide Massine
Himself - Choreographer and Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage) Himself - Choreographer and Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage)   See fewer
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Pepe Serra
Himself - Director: Museu Picasso, Barcelona Himself - Director: Museu Picasso, Barcelona   See fewer
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Edmonde Charles-Roux
Herself - Chanel Biographer Herself - Chanel Biographer   See fewer
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