Enjoyable, if overlong, Cold War biopic of Rudolf Nureyev who defected in 1962
- The White Crow review by PV
It's often hard to think that the oppressive communism of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European empire lasted until 1989, though Gorbachev's Glasnost and Perestroika meant things liberalised after 1985 - I think Nureyev visited his homeland again in 1987/8, and then sadly died of AIDS not long after.
The monitoring and spying of the KGB was truly scary, and yet the suspicion of foreigners was always there in Russia and still is now. I visited Communist Russia in 1979 and saw it all first hand. Many problems later in Russia and still are, in what is really a dictatorship ruled by oligarch thieves BUT it could never be as bad as the Cold War days.
Some interesting back story here and well-played characters, though oddly, even though this may be more accurate, the version of the airport defection scene shown here is less effective than the one I saw in a TV drama documentary earlier this year.
But it's all enjoyable - and worth seeing how people like this dancer can shout #metoo too after abuse from powerful older women.
I am not a huge fan of dancing but the scenes here are truly spectacular.
Not perfect but 4 stars. I enjoyed it. Probably not for kids with the attention spans of puppies though!
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