An enthralling and moving documentary about the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most famous ballet dancers in the world who also became a pop culture icon of his time. The film covers the period from the start of his career to the moment that he defected to the west, an event that stunned the world.
Nureyev isn’t just about the dancer but it also portrays an era in which the Cold War was at a highpoint, a period in which Rudolf Nureyev became a cultural phenomenon. His virtuosity, charismatic theatre personality and his escape to the West made him world famous. The documentary, directed by the BAFTA-nominated directors Jacqui and David Morris, combines visual material that has never been seen before and original film music by the award-winning composer Alex Baranowski with a fascinating series of exclusive modern dance scenes directed by Russell Maliphant, a former dancer of the Royal Ballet. A unique theatrical and cinematographic experience.
David Morris & Jacqui Morris, UK, 2018, 109 min., in English with Dutch subtitles. Documentary