Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse

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Released 1996

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Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse

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Director:
Deborah Dickson
Released:
1996
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Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse portrays the life of ballerina Suzanne Farrell, the last muse and quintessential interpreter of the celebrated choreographer George Balanchine. Directed by Anne Belle and Deborah Dickson in 1996, this documentary traces Farrell's development as a dancer from her childhood in Cincinnati to her move to New York City where she auditioned with Balanchine. The film concentrates on her first and second tenures with the NYC Ballet, but focuses throughout on the dramatic story of Farrell's relationship with "Mr. B." A vivid portrait emerges through interviews with Farrell, her mother, her dance partner, Jacques d'Amboise, her former husband, Paul Mejia, as well as Edward Villella, and Arthur Mitchell. Though the film includes archival footage of remarkable performances, how Farrell and Balanchine influenced each other, a result of the tensions that inevitably arise between two gifted, passionate artists, is its most outstanding attribute. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1996.

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Arts, Documentary

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Biography, Dance