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Nijinsky | 1980 | Alan Bates, George de la Peña

Turning Point director Herbert Ross returns to the world of ballet with this biography of Vaslav Nijinsky, recreating the celebrated Russian dancer’s loves and difficulties at the peak of his career. Nijinsky (George De La Pena) becomes a star performer under the tutelage of famed impresario Sergei Diaghilev (Alan Bates), who obsessively controls all facets of Nijinsky’s life.

Real-life dancer and Turning Point star Leslie Browne plays Romola De Pulsky, who upon wedding Nijinsky forever destroyed the dancer’s relationship with Diaghilev. Nijinsky features the feature film debut of actor Jeremy Irons playing legendary choreographer Mikhail Fokhine. Prior to this film Irons had appeared in a number of British TV dramas including The Pallisers (1974) and Love for Lydia (1978).

UK | 129 minutes | 1980

Director: Herbert Ross
Script: Hugh Wheeler
Biography: Romola Nijinsky

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Alan Bates as Sergei Diaghilev
George de la Peña as Vaslav Nijinsky
Leslie Browne as Romola de Pulsky
Carla Fracci as Tamara Karsavina
Ronald Pickup as Igor Stravinsky
Ronald Lacey as Leon Bakst
Jeremy Irons as Mikhail Fokine
Vernon Dobtcheff as Sergei Grigoriev
Janet Suzman as Emilia Marcus
Colin Blakely as Vassili
Siân Phillips as Lady Ripon
Frederick Jaeger as Gabriel Astruc

 

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