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||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from 4,896 votes
||Release: 16 January 1986 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, Thriller
||Director: Taylor Hackford,
||Stars: Benny Young, David Savile, Florence Faure, Geraldine Page, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren, Hilary Drake, Ian Liston, Isabella Rossellini, Jerzy Skolimowski, John Glover, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Shane Rimmer, Stefan Gryff, William Hootkins
||Synopsis: An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Bolshoi again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American? Written by John Vogel <[email protected]>
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Frankly, I don't see why everybody is so up in arms about the quality of
this movie. I, for one, don't need to preface my review with a disclaimer
that only its dance sequences can be enjoyed. I happen to think that it's a
pretty excellent cinematographic work overall. Let me
The camera work here is among the most original and clever out there. It's
incredibly dynamic and energetic, offering unusual perspectives, delivering
great close-ups, and skillfully capturing the sweeping wide spaces. An
unusually large amount of footage is devoted to the city landscapes of St.
Petersburg - a rarity in American flicks on Russian themes. It's all the
more jarring, however, that despite attempts to ensure authenticity of the
setting, at least the first couple of car rides seem to have been done in a
stationary vehicle and plastered rather crudely against the city background.
But this is a forgivable and almost charming flaw, considering the film's
limited budget and the release year of 1985.
The film is a paradox of sorts, showcasing interesting performances from
Rossellini and Hines, two actors who have since been totally
under-appreciated. There's good chemistry between the impressionable and
high-strung duet of Darya and Raymond. Jerzy Skolimovski (Colonel Chaiko)
is the classical cunning villain with a Slavic flare. Baryshnikov himself
seems a bit rigid and somewhat formulaic as Nikolay Rodchenko. That is when
he's not dancing, of course. For when he dances, he unleashes all
imaginable and unimaginable potential.
Obviously, the story line is sketched out in broad, exaggerated strokes.
But I bet the filmmakers actually expected the overall theatricality to be
taken with a grain of salt. Besides, the subject matter discussed wasn't
keen on subtleties. The events depicted were behind-the-scenes operations
all right, but they were as blunt and theatrically bizarre as can be. And
as for those who think the circumstances and emotions of the dissidence and
emigration (or defection in this case) experience are overblown - brush up
on mid-20th century history and get a grip on things. Not only had the Big
Brother's machinery of state control and suppression been well oiled for
decades in the Soviet Union and its satellites, but the shadow of this
absurd, merciless beast hangs over many of those nations still. Folks, the
fictionalized account of Nikolay Rodchenko is merely a -slightly- glamorized
and dramatized version of real life experience of countless victims of the
The scenes of Nikolay and Darya fleeing through the deserted streets of
Leningrad and the subsequent humiliation they experience in front of the
American embassy send chills down my spine every time I watch the movie.
That threat and that danger are very real to me even though my emigration
experience in the 1990s was simply peachy in retrospect and comparison. Just
as disturbing and sobering, by the way, is Rodchenko's reception by the
Americans and the so-called international community inside the gates. He to
them is but a nimble exotic specimen...
Anyhow, let me dismount my high horse and reiterate, seconding the earlier
reviews, that `White Nights' features superb, matchless dancing; and, to
miss it is a deathly sin. Well, almost...
There are essentially four dance highlights in the movie. Choreography is
mainly by Baryshnikov, Hines, and, very importantly, Twyla Tharp.
Baryshnikov's duet with Florence Faure in the opening credits is bound to
leave your breathless. It is sheer perfection - immensely inventive and
impeccably executed. The second instance when you'll forget that you could
blink and breathe is during the 11 rubles for 11 pirouettes number. He does
it with a godly effortlessness. Hines' and Baryshnikov's dance studio
number is fascinating to watch. And, then
Then, there's Mikhail's solo to
Vysotsky's tape on the stage of the Kirov theatre. Its beauty is literally
painful and words can never describe it.
If you haven't seen `White Nights' or haven't seen it more than once, you're
denying yourself an unearthly pleasure. And you can snicker at my
high-flown sighs and exclamations all you want :)
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, David Savile
, Florence Faure
, Geraldine Page
, Gregory Hines
, Helen Mirren
, Hilary Drake
, Ian Liston
, Isabella Rossellini
, Jerzy Skolimowski
, John Glover
, Mikhail Baryshnikov
, Shane Rimmer
, Stefan Gryff
, William Hootkins
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