This powerful docu-drama tells the incredible true story of how Soviet ballet star Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West in 1961 and became a living legend. One of the greatest stories of the twentieth century, viewers are immersed in a thrilling recreation of events leading up to Nureyev's defection, an event which made him the most famous dancer in the world. His decision sparked an international incident, transformed him into an icon and changed the course of the Cold War. His family and friends suffered, his parents disowned him and he was not allowed back to Russia for 25 years. With evidence from KGB agents and amazing first-hand accounts from prima ballerina Alla Osipenko, rival male soloist Sergei Vikulov and his friend Clara Saint, they unravel what really happened. It's a tale of high-stakes political intrigue, sexual awakening and the triumph of artistic expression told through powerful dramatization and stunning dance performance. The film includes rare original dance footage of Nureyev whilst the dance sequences and drama recreations are beautifully performed by Bolshoi Ballet Principal 'Artem Ovcharenko'.
- Nureyev: Dance to Freedom review by NC
Really more of TV documentary than a film, and only really covers his defection episode. Would have liked one of his full life, as had far more information there, but interesting to hear stories from original dancers from the time.
A reminder how it used to be. One hopes, even with Putin, that most Russians can now freely travel?
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