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  • Summary: Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike. Her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. Her unique style, humor and authenticity redefined ballet for all dancers who followed. Amazingly, she was the muse to not one great artist but two; both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her, and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. Tanaquil Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 26, 2014
    A spooky, heartbreaking documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Mar 20, 2014
    Director Nancy Buirski not only is able to give rare insights into the dance world but a compelling tale of love, friendship and perseverance.
  3. Reviewed by: Hedy Weiss
    Mar 27, 2014
    Strangely haunting, often heartbreaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 4, 2014
    Buirski clearly shows that the spark that made her great couldn't be snuffed out so easily.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 15, 2014
    Presents enough teasing glimpses into the dancer’s personal and inner life to demand a fuller picture.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Mar 20, 2014
    What’s most fascinating about Afternoon of a Faun — and what the movie could spend more time delving into — is ballet’s grueling and fleeting nature.
  7. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Apr 18, 2014
    Watching De Clercq dance is not only what Nancy Buirski’s uneven documentary does to best effect, it helps you understand the movie’s otherwise restrictive emphasis on the men who became obsessed by her, primarily her discoverer and husband George Balanchine and the dancer/choreographer Jerome Robbins.

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  1. Apr 17, 2014
    Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq is a haunting and beautiful story that provides a glimpse inside the minds of many great performers and lingers in your own days after seeing it. Expand