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Nijinsky Details


The deeper, broader issues behind the rise and fall of one of the world's greatest ballet dancers and choreographers, Vaslav Nijinksy (1888-1950), is not at the fulcrum of this two-hour British biographical drama. Director Herbert Ross and screenwriter Hugh Wheeler base the film on Nijinsky's diaries and his wife's book Nijinsky but what they portray are the years between 1912-1913 and Nijinsky's affair with Sergei Diaghliev, his mentor and the impresario and founder of Ballets Russes. With the life of the great man (played by dancer George de la Pena) explained via the dominant, impossible personality of Diaghliev and the love of his wife (Leslie Browne), there is no room for larger questions. The business and politics and especially the homosexuality that are involved with the art of ballet are also given primary focus. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Alan Bates
as Sergei Diaghilev
George de la Pena
as Vaslav Nijinsky
Leslie Browne
as Romola de Pulsky
Alan Badel
as Baron de Gunzburg
Carla Fracci
as Tamara Karsavina
Janet Suzman
as Emilia Marcus
Colin Blakely
as Vassili
Ronald Pickup
as Igor Stravinksy
Ronald Lacey
as Leon Bakst
Sian Phillips
as Lady Ripon
Geoffrey Hughes
as Gavrilov
Olga Lowe
as Signora Cerchetti
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Sergei Grigoriev
Stephen Chase
as Adolph Bolm
Tomas Milian
Frederick Jaeger
as Gabriel Astruc
Anton Dolin
as Maestro Cecchetti
Mart Crowley
as Baron Adolphe De Meyer
Jeremy Irons
as Mikhail Fokine
Charles Kay
as Argentinian Ambassador
Henrietta Baynes
as Magda
June Brown
as Maria Stepanova


Herbert Ross
Harry Saltzman
Nora Kaye
Stanley O'Toole
Hugh Wheeler
Vaslav Nijinsky
Book Author
Romola Nijinsky
Book Author
Douglas Slocombe
John Lanchbery
Composer (Music Score)
Claude Debussy
Featured Music
John Blezard
Production Designer
Pier Luigi Basile
Production Designer
Howard Jeffrey
Associate Producer
Harry Saltzman
Executive Producer
John Lanchbery