The White Crow

2018 United Kingdom

Screening: 17th June 2024, 127 minutes

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In 1961, to show Soviet ‘cultural supremacy’, the Kirov Ballet went on tour across Europe with the sensational Rudolf Nureyev. This is the story of his defection despite the efforts of the KGB to send him back. A portrait of a complex and gifted dancer with beautiful dance scenes.

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5
Outstanding compelling.
5
Excellent production, didn't realise until the end it was Fiennes/Hare.
5
Another ballet, good film.
5
Fascinating - knew very little about Nureyev.
5
Great movie I wish there were more like this! I always appreciate to dig deep into the artist's...
5
Fabulous.
5
Absolutely marvellous thank you. The introduction was so helpful (we are so lucky here).
5
Loved it! I always felt fortunate to see Nureyev dance in Paris near the end of his career but this film has made it even more special.
5
Moving and striving for independence which we take for granted.
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A super film, I am an ardent ballet fan, I remember 1961 well.
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Fabulous.
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Wonderful thank you.
5
Really good, didn't know about Rudolph before, started off hard life, well made and Ralph Fiennes was excellent.
5
Exquisite.
5
It isn't often that people sit through the credits - it was a wonderful film and lovely the original footage of him dancing!
5
Absolutely loved it, I want to go and watch a ballet now, thank you.
5
Very interesting story of the struggle for freedom in cold war era.
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Excellent.
5
Wonderful film, loved all ballet sequences and Oleg Ivenko.
5
A superb film and a lady in the audience's son was in a scene and she had a signed card from Rudolph Nureyev.
5
Excellent choice, well acted, gripping depiction of Nureyev's defection, loved the dancing especially small boy, only criticism sound and diction not always clear.
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Great dancing!
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Beautiful film but please, please could we have subtitles all the time.
5
Made me want to dance and watch more dance but scary - felt sad for him and his family.
5
Such an education, great to have some insight into this true account, loved the ballet!
5
Very good story, excellent directing, great acting.
5
Excellent story and characters with fabulous dancing as an extra!
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Excellent! Enjoyed it very much.
5
Fabulous film, more dancing and how he coped post defection.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it. What a brave thing to do! He was an amazing dancer. I did feel for poor Pushkin thought.
5
Brilliant loved it.
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Excellent, I can remember it actually happening!
5
Visually wonderful, ending fantastic, sometimes found it difficult to work out timelines.
5
A wonderful film , it brought back memories of seeing a whole season of Nureyev and Fonteyn dancing at Covent Garden!
5
Gripping and superb retelling of Nureyev life pre defection, brilliant performance by lead actor.
5
An excellent film in every way, amazingly well acted, directed and produced (thank you to the lady who introduced the film - an excellent and detailed and introduction). Very moving.
5
An incredible film. Beautiful score too.
5
Technically brilliant cinema, composed into an absorbing narrative.
5
What a story, I don't remember much of this, but wonderful film and wonderful dancing.
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Beautiful.
5
Excellent, brought the storyline well to remind us what took place. Has Russia changed? No when we consider more recent events.
5
So beautifully filmed, captivating story.
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So beautiful.
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Amazing.
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Absolutely loved it more like this!
4
A bit too slow for me, despite knowing the story - still interesting.
4
A well done but overlong film about a talented but unreasonably egotistical man. Well shot.
4
Fascinating story.
4
very good.
4
Fascinating and lively.
4
Very interesting story, well acted and portrayed, slow build up to a tense finish.
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Pleasant dance film this time - how about a musical.
4
Found it quite confusing to start it, but began to enjoy it especially the ending - glad he managed to go home!
4
Dragged on a bit, and was ruined in parts by people opening very noisily bags of crisps or something else possibly a picnic! Can we not ask people to eat before they come!!
3
Very good - thank you Fleet Film Club (translated from the Russian).
3
Not really my cup of tea, interesting insight into how his character might have been formed.
3
Well filmed but found the main character unattractive.
3
Jumped around too much!
3
OK and I am a ballet fan! Only drama was at the airport.
3
Without the comprehensive introduction before this film I don't think I would have understood it at all, between the chopping and changing of eras and the muffled dialogue however it was ok, enjoyable.
2
Interesting depiction of Nureyev's story but I do wonder if the casting of a dancer rather than an experienced actor in the lead role contributed to the slow and passionless portrayal at times. For me, the inner turmoil and battle between family, self and country would've been better served in the hands of an experienced actor.
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I thought I didn't like ballet, now I am sure! Tedious plot line, paper thin characters could not be lifted by the dance sequences which were repetitive and as tedious as the film.

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