Never to be forgotten, Rudolf Nureyev was born March 17, 1938, in the USSR [now Russia] and he died of AIDS, January 6, 1993, Paris, France.
"White Crow" is a film about the events leading up to the defection from the USSR (now Russia) by premier danseur (the male version of a prima ballerina) Rudolf Nureyev in 1961. 'White Crow' is an idiomatic expression in Russian that encapsulates the essence of Nureyev the outlier, an outsider non-conformist who breaks all the rules, redefines the mold and raises the bar of excellence.
DIRECTED BY: Ralph Fiennes, WRITTEN BY: David Hare and STARRING: Oleg Ivenko, Adele Exarchopoulos, Ralph Fiennes, Raphael Peronnaz, Chulpan Khamatova, Sergei Polunin, Calypso Valois, Louis Hoffman, and Olivier Rabourdin opened in LA and NY April 26.
Synopsis: A young man of just 22, dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, is on an airplane flying from St Petersburg to Paris. It is 1961 and Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of legend, is a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company, travelling for the first time outside the Soviet Union.
Parisian life delights Nureyev and the young dancer is eager to consume all the culture, art and music the dazzling city has to offer. But the KGB officers who watch his every move become increasingly suspicious of his behavior and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint. When they finally confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger.
From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at the Le Bourget airport, “THE WHITE CROW” is the true story of an incredible journey by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever.
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