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  • Summary: Unearthing a treasure trove of archival footage, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have fashioned a dazzlingly entrancing ode to the revolutionary twentieth-century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes. What began as a group of Russian refugees who never danced in Russia became not one but two rival dance troupes who fought the infamous "ballet battles" that consumed London society before World War II. [Zeitgeist Films] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
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  1. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    100
    May not be the greatest dance documentary ever made, but it could well be the most accessible and touching.
  2. Reviewed by: R. M. Campbell
    100
    It captures the heart and spirit of one of the 20th century's most fabled ballet companies, with a history that stretches continents and decades.
  3. A captivating film that truly elevates the spirit, Ballets Russes is the most emotionally satisfying documentary since "Mad Hot Ballroom."
  4. 80
    It's a profoundly optimistic and delightful movie, for balletomanes and neophytes alike. It made me happy for days afterward.
  5. 75
    The documentary traces the fiery history of Ballets Russes -- which for a time consisted of two warring companies.
  6. 75
    You don't have to know an arabesque from an alligator handbag to enjoy Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine's loving documentary about the various incarnations of the Ballet Russe.
  7. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    50
    This very conventional PBS style videodoc should not be viewed before operating heavy machinery. However, there's plenty to fascinate devotees of the dance.

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