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  • Summary: Australian director Paul Cox visualizes the diary of the legendary dancer/choreographer who was declared insane at the height of his career. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. You don't need to have seen a lot of art films to love The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky. All it takes is compassionate curiosity and perhaps some lingering memory of the world as a child experiences it.
  2. 88
    You will either be in sympathy with it, or not. Much depends on what you bring into the theater. It is possible that those who know most about Nijinsky will be most baffled, because this is not a film about knowing, but about feeling.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    It's absorbing stuff, with some of the dishy quality of Andy Warhol's diaries and an almost humorous single-mindedness whenever Nijinsky returns, yet again, to the subjects of his vegetarianism, or how much he loves Russia (and France, and England, and just about everywhere he's ever been).
  4. Watching Paul Cox's impressionistic film based on the diaries of that legendary dancer and choreographer, it is impossible not to contemplate with a shudder the shadowy line between art, ecstasy and psychosis.
  5. Those who are only mildly curious, I fear, will be put to sleep or bewildered by the artsy and often pointless visuals.
  6. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Sadly, this noble effort is loving but lame.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Zimmer
    A real snooze.

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