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From the Ballets Russes, BFI | reviews, news & interviews

From the Ballets Russes, BFI

From the Ballets Russes, BFI

Extraordinary finds from the lost world of dance

Where Busby Berkeley learned everything he knew

This is the second part of a series that has passed a little too quietly for comfort. The V&A’s grand Diaghilev show has received all the noise in the press – “fabulous”, “sumptuous”, “exotic” – in fact, all the words that were used at the time to describe Diaghilev’s company. The only word that isn’t being used is “dancer” – we get relatively little chance to think about movement in South Kensington. However, Jane Pritchard, curator of that show, has now redressed the balance on the South Bank with a remarkable collection of films.

This film should not be confined to the ghetto of ballet geekdom, but studied in film courses everywhere

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