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Ballet Shoes [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Angela Thorne
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ballet fans and book fans may well enjoy this better than the new adaptation. The dialogue is meatier (though too theatrical), and there is a good deal of dancing, though mostly exercises and a couple of audition shots - we hear about, but are not shown, the romance of ballet.

There is also a lot of invented Mme. Fidolia monologue, which will probably bore many, but may be music to the ears of the young ballet student who likes a little moral fibre to her dreams. Mme Fidolia's character dominates the movie, and she comes close to pulling off those impossible monologues.

This is at the expense of the acting though - we end up with nothing to show us why acting might… Read more
Regency House Party [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Richard E. Grant
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!, 6 Jan 2007
I was disappointed by the DVDs for some of the series projects, as they seemed to focus so much on the participants' gripes and quarrels that there was disappointingly little about the nuts and bolts of everyday living in the "past". The Regency House project covered quite a range of topics - the velocipede and the "science week" were among the most interesting.

One gripe: couldn't the DVDs include some of the extra filmed material which was excluded from the original TV programs?
Where in the World by Simon French
Where in the World by Simon French
The boy Ari is shown as having a very natural talent for music, which is part of his life in different ways in his native Germany and in his new home in Australia - no tales of precocious prodigies here. What we see is a boy fitting his past and his present, his "there" and his "here", his two languages, his two cultures, and his different interests into a whole life of his own. These themes will have a familiar feel for many readers, but they are only reasons to start reading. Simon French has kept away from postured PC poses in this warm but understated picture of a child's growing internal and external worlds, and the Ari he shows us makes for satisfying reading.

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