The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

DVD - 2000
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The chief attraction of this 1968 adaptation is Rudolf Nureyev, who had defected to the West in 1961. This is his adaptation of the work, and the dancing is very classical, the costumes sumptuous, and the orchestra sparkling. The production made ballerina Merle Park a star. At a Christmas party, Clara is presented with the elegant Nutcracker prince by her doting godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. The Nutcracker is broken and Clara is devastated. That night, Clara dreams about the Nutcracker prince: he comes to life, fights off a Rat King and his minions, and takes her to his kingdom.


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Jul 16, 2018

Cannot recommend this version AT ALL. Was prepared to like it and the first act was fine, but both the set and costumes for the entire second act were all monochromatic - a kind of pale salmon color. Who does that?! Whatever the opposite is for the phrase "a feast for the eyes", this was it.

Dec 31, 2015

I do not recommend this dvd because the camera work is frustrating. The edge of the frame often cuts off at the ankles of the dancers. This is a ballet!! I want to see all of their feet.

Jul 06, 2013

when is this going to be ready for holds?

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