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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely surprise
a wonderful opportunity to see the dancers on whom this ballet was made in their original roles. an excellent clear recording with good sound and plenty of close ups. Great to see that the original Ashton choreography is the same today. I have all the available dvds of La Fille and saw the Royal live screening this year. Well done to ICA classics. Keep up the good work...
Published on 3 Nov 2012 by llorraine

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely surprise, 3 Nov 2012
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a wonderful opportunity to see the dancers on whom this ballet was made in their original roles. an excellent clear recording with good sound and plenty of close ups. Great to see that the original Ashton choreography is the same today. I have all the available dvds of La Fille and saw the Royal live screening this year. Well done to ICA classics. Keep up the good work of restoring historical performances.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 2 Dec 2012
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The artistry, the sheer exuberance - just a privilege to watch such a classic, danced by Nerina and Blair who created the roles and set the standard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars light hearted, amusing and enjoyable, 30 Jan 2013
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Yes, this is black and white, but that does not deter from such a lovely ballet - the original caste had been re-assembled for this recording and it shows David Blair at the height of his ability - he really was a brilliant dancer and his spins were incredible. Nadia Nerina danced beautifully and partnered David Blair well, but the accolade has to go to Stanley Holden who was brilliant - his characterisation as 'the dame' was wonderful and amusing and his clog dance hilarious. Likewise, the opening chicken dance was very well and ably performed and set the tone of the whole lighthearted ballet. Lovely music by Herrold and Ashtons choreography unsurpassable - very watchable
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing historical footage, 23 Feb 2013
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This is a precious record of the original cast of the finest comic ballet ever. It is simply a joy to watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE JOY, 18 Feb 2013
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IT IS A COMPLETE JOY FROM BEGINNING TO THE END. ALL THE BEST ADJECTIVES TO ALL CONCERNED. SPLENDID BLACK AND WHITE. I AM AN ITALIAN AND WATCHING IT I EVEN FORGOT BERLUSCONI AND THAT AWFUL HORRIBLE THING CALLED FESTIVAL DI SANREMO - CHE SOSPIRO!
Ernesto Oppicelli - Genoa
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great original, 29 Jun 2014
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Even though it was in black and white, and ballet filming for television was in its early stages, it was wonderful to see once more the original Ashton choreography with almost the original cast. Stanley Holden and Alexander Grant in particular have never been equalled in their roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance, 16 Jun 2014
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It is rather wonderful to see just how the up-to-date dance is passed on to the up and coming principals of today
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive classic., 27 July 2013
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A real charmer for afficionadoes of Ashton's ballets. A fifty-year-old recording so not perfect by any means in respect of sound quality but the picture is clear once you adjust your set for 4:3 ratio. And who would have thought Osbert Lancaster designed costumes. At these amazon prices a real treat for the cost of a single cinema ticket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautful Version, 15 July 2013
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A beautiful version of La fille Mal gardee, it has the Lanchberry music as opposed to the Russion Version. Buy it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!, 19 Feb 2013
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Having seen this original cast many times it was a delight to see this lovely ballet danced and acted without any of the clowning and rather heavyhanded humour one gets nowadays . I thought that perhaps I remembered this through somewhat rosy tinted glasses but not at all. Nerina's technique was brilliant looking even by todays standard and David Blair was so full of "joi de vivre". This Production was full of musicality and finesse
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