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Title of the Film THE ROYAL BALLET
Alternative Titles  
English Titles  
Year of Release 1960
Country of Origin UK
Language(s) English
Run Time (in minutes) 132
Length (in meters) 3628
Colour colour
Genre Ballet film
Based on/Source  
Production Companies Poetic Films
Producer(s) Paul Czinner
Director Paul Czinner
Cast Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, Brian Ashbridge, Rosemary Lindsay
Literature Times, 5 January 1960
Kine Weekly, 7 January 1960
Picturegoer, 9 January 1960
Variety, 20 January 1960
Monthly Film Bulletin, January 1960
New York Times, 5 October 1960
Motion Picture Herald, 22 October 1960
Special notes The Royal Ballet performs Ashton's "Ondine", Stravinsky's "The Firebird" and extracts from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".
"There are some helpful angle shots, enabling the spectator to change location during performance. Generally, however, the film obstinately refuses to bring cinematic resources to the rescue of proscenium-bound ballet, and as a result the spirit of the works and the artistry of the dancers are communicated with exemplary immediacy." (Times)

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