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Les Flammes De Paris (Osipova/Savin/Vasiliev/Bolshoi Ballet) [Blu-ray] [2010]


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Product details

  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bel Air
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044FEZBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Memoriam of the Great French Revolution Under the aegis of its now acting artistic director, Alexei Ratmansky, the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Company, continues its foray into the history of Russian ballet with a revival of The Flames of Paris. Les Flammes de Paris is a two act classical ballet by Boris Asafiev based on songs of the French Revolution, originally choreographed by Vasily Vainonen for the Kirov in 1932 and reconstructed in 2008 by Alexei Ratmansky for the Bolshoi Ballet. Vasiliev, they say, can almost fly: the Bolshoi s principal superstar, he s also been filmed for the Andrew Marr show and is all over youtube. Recent Covent Garden appearances in Don Quichote & Spartacus generated rave reviews. This is his first DVD. The Bolshoi will be performing this ballet in London next August And then there s Vasiliev and Osipova. A gasping squeal went round the theatre at his first big leap. The jump is high, his legs and feet taut - but it s his nonchalance that makes it amazing. There s a lot more where that came from. The Independent But Vasiliev is a force of nature. In a series of huge leaps, legs scissoring the air like shears, he has real old world power, as if Victor Mature had been invested with the spirit of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Epic kitsch.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 20 Dec. 2010
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He must be the greatest, most athletic dancer who as they say in the review, ALMOST FLIES! He is incredible and so too is his female partner. You are not buying this to experience a ballet of the same quality as Swan Lake or even Romeo and Juliet but to see the exuberance of modern dance ... almost the ballet form of Les Miserables! Wait 1 hour 26 minutes into the performance and you will hardly breathe and you certainly won't believe your eyes. Just play it again and sit in awe and envy at not being able to do what you see yourself!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2011
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This issue continues the recent series of new Bolshoi Ballet recordings now available in high definition and Blu-ray. This follows a gap of a few years of refurbishment and where recordings have not been made. Suffice it to say that the Bolshoi Ballet has returned on very top form with interesting new productions as well as items of more traditional fare.

The current issue is set at the time of the French Revolution and is essentially a story of love formed on either side of the political divide and of human sacrifice in the name of love.

There can be no doubt about the mastery of the dancing in this production which is a technical 'tour de force'. The quality of the setting is also effective and makes good use of the large expanses of stage to create spectacle and a strong sense of speed. I personally find the music serviceable rather than of great note - not in the class of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky or Prokofiev for example to name but three of Russian lineage. It is for these musical considerations rather than those of dance that I have withheld the fifth star. Clearly ballet has to be seen as a whole art form bringing together an amalgamation of dance, music and staging to create a total experience and a reviewer must therefore consider all of these factors when deciding upon a fair grading and this I have attempted to do.

Nevertheless, and regardless of the above, it is likely that this issue will be of particular interest to those who are interested in the extraordinarily athletic abilities of the Russian superstar dancer, Ivan Vasiliev. Allegedly he is known to almost fly and indeed he does seem to defy gravity. There is little to add except that he fully lives up to his reputation and will not disappoint.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marc Haegeman on 4 Dec. 2010
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It's bizarre that the Bolshoi Ballet of today is still so slightly represented on video. In the last five or six years the Moscow company has developed again into one of the most compelling and popular troupes around the world, with a stunning roster of dancers and a vibrantly interesting repertoire. Yet, we can still count the Bolshoi Ballet video releases on one hand and as seems to have become a habit it is left to French companies to make it all happen. This new, very welcome release of the old Soviet ballet "Flames of Paris", revived in 2008 by former Bolshoi Ballet director Alexei Ratmansky, is again produced by BelAir Classiques - the same inspired team that also gave us recordings of "The Pharaoh's Daughter", "Bolt" and "Queen of Spades".

The original "Flames of Paris" dates from 1932 with a choreography by Vasily Vainonen and music by Boris Asafiev. It quickly turned into one of the most popular 'dram-ballets' of the era, remaining a hit with Russian audiences until the 1960's. Allegedly, it was also a favorite of the otherwise not particularly ballet-minded Josef Stalin. "Flames of Paris" carried an obvious ideological message with its dramatic French Revolution setting, depicting the triumph of the heroic people over a depraved monarchy and aristocracy.

With that ideological message now obsolete and rightly comprehending the significant value of the balletic legacy of the Soviet era, Ratmansky rewrote with Alexander Belinsky the libretto for his 2008 revival, focusing no longer on the brave masses, but rather on the fate of four individuals, two pairs of lovers, caught up in the uncompromising and bloody chaos of the French Revolution.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N.Y. on 19 Dec. 2010
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This ballet is somewhere between classical ballet and folk dancig. The costumes are theatrical clothes accordng to the charecters. This ballet is from the Soviet era about the french revolution and it has been reconstructed in order to reduce the political agenda and add love stories. The sound and image are very good. The dances are partly classical and partly folk dancing. Celebrating their love affair, the principal dancers had out of this world performance near the end of this ballet. What bothers here is the frequent audience shouts and applauds that disturb the dancers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By balletsrusses on 30 Oct. 2013
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I purchased this dvd as I had just seen these two fabulous dancers perform, in this ballet at Covent Garden, and I wanted to repeat the pleasure. It is well-filmed at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and it is just as thrilling. I would recommend it to all ballet lovers as an opportunity to see the, arguably greatest partnership in ballet, for decades, and to those who enjoyed 'Les Mis' to experience a different take on the subject of the French Revolution.
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