The Kirov Ballet performs Tchaikovsky s beautiful ballet, Sleeping Beauty, in this classic color motion picture from 1965, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, which the New York Times called some of the finest classical choreography ever created.
Kirov ballerina Alla Sizova stars as Princess Aurora, the role which made her a legend among dancers. In his review of the film, Clive Barnes called Sizova radiant and delicate, a great ballerina in the first flush of her powers. Yuri Solovyov co-stars as the Prince, Natalia Dudinskaya portrays Carabosse and a young Natalia Makarova has a featured role as Princess Florina.
For a look at the great Kirov Ballet performing one of the world s most beloved ballet in an acclaimed film, this collector s item is truly the fairest of them all.
Cast Aurora: ALLA SIZOVA Desire: YURI SOLOVYOV Carabosse: NATALIA DUDINSKAYA Princess Florina: NATALIA MAKAROVA Blue Bird: VALERI PANOV Lilac Fairy: IRINA BAZHENOVA The Queen: OLGA ZABOTKINA The King: VLADIMIR UKHOV
Also featuring the dancers and orchestra of the Kirov State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and students of the Vaganova Choreographic School.
This program has been digitally encoded from the best source materials available. Best efforts have been made to restore all audio and video imperfections for DVD. But due to the age of the production, this DVD may still contain some of the imperfections inherent in the original master tapes. The historic value of preserving this program on DVD far outweighs those minor technical imperfections that could not be digitally corrected.
NR (Not Rated)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This ballet movie is simply great. I've watched seven full-act performances of the Sleeping Beauty (3 Kirovs, Bolshoi, Royal, Paris Opera, Het), and I think this Kirov's 1964 production is one of the best in terms of the classical beauty and purity. This is a film version, not a recording of a stage performance, so the set design and special effects impossible on the stage could be realized to enhance the charm of the production. Also, this film is a shortened version that lasts for about one and a half hours, with a few sequences removed and rearranged.
The two stars featured here are Alla Sizova as the princess Aurora and Yuri Solovyov as the prince Desire. Sizova was known to be the best Aurora in the world in 1960s. She was Rudolf Nureyev's favorite partner, and it is said that she's the one that could've made Nureyev want to go back to Soviet Union. She was a greatly talented ballerina, and as you can see, she was really pretty, lively, elegant and beautiful. Her...
In my humble opinion, no better version of this ballet exists. That is, at least, in the six versions I own. I've only been collecting ballets on DVD since February of 2008, so I will not claim to be an expert on ballet, and Sleeping Beauty in particular. However, I already know what I like in ballet, and this one I LIKE. Next on my favorite "Beauty" list is the Australian Ballet version, w/Christine Walsh and David Ashmole.....Sleeping Beauty / Christine Walsh, Australian Ballet.....They are the couple who got me started in my love affair with this beautiful art form. Though I have seen a few live performances of ballet, it never dawned on me how beautiful it could be.
The Het National Ballet (hereinafter to be called the Dutch version) has the most sumptuous sets and costumes of any version I've seen, although the Australian...
This is a movie version of 'Sleeping Beauty' which captures the magical, fairytale quality of the ballet. I thought all the dancers were excellent, especially 'Carabosse' danced by Natalia Dudinskaya. This movie is only 84 minutes long so some of the music and choreography is gone. The 'Bluebird' dance is much shorter than usual with only the first part danced and no solo's. This movie was filmed in 1965 but to me it looks more like a 1930's movie. I think the imperfections of the film add a charm that a modern up-to-date DVD lacks. It's really a joy to watch and moves along quickly. There's a lot of beauty and drama to be seen and I know I'll watch this film many times.
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