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THE NUTCRACKER – BOlSHOI BALLET

NR  |  4 hours 

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, THE NUTCRACKER is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil. This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by THE NUTCRACKER.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Piotr Tchaikovsky (music), Yuri Grigorovich (libretto), Yuri Grigorovich (choreography)

Cast

The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists, and Corps de Ballet

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LA BAYADERE – Bolshoi Ballet

NR  |  4 hours 45 minutes 

A key work in the classical ballet repertoire, LA BAYADERE is the story of impossible love set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. When a beautiful dancer and a warrior meet in secret, they swear eternal fidelity. However when the High Brahmin, who is also in love with the dancer, overhears them, he rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Ludwig Minkus (music), Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov (libretto), Marius Petipa (choreography), Yuri Grigorovich (new version)

Cast

Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova

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THE PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER – Bolshoi Ballet

NR  |  4 hours 30 minutes 

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Theophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, brilliantly giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Cesare Pugni (music), Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa (libretto), Pierre Lacotte(choreography)

Cast

Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova, Ruslan Skvortsov

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

 PG-13  |  2 hours 3 minutes
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver award-worthy performances in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, the extraordinary story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. After falling deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde, Hawking (Redmayne, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN) received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane (Jones, LIKE CRAZY) fighting tirelessly by his side, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. Directed by Oscar winning filmmaker James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE), this inspirational film is based on Jane’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

Directed By

James Marsh

Written By

Anthony McCarten, Jane Hawking (book)

Cast

Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

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PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS

NR  |  1 hour 30 minutes 

Chronicling the band’s 2012 farewell concert in their hometown of Sheffield, England, PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS is by no means a traditional concert film or rock doc. As much a testament to the band as it is to the city and inhabitants of Sheffield, PULP weaves together their career-best performance, exclusively captured for this film, with man-on-the-street interviews and dreamy staged sequences to paint a picture much larger, funnier, and more life-affirming than any music film of recent memory.

 

Directed By

Florian Habicht

Written By

Jarvis Cocker, Florian Habicht, Peter O’Donoghue

Cast

Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber

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DAVID BOWIE IS

100 min | NR
DAVID BOWIE IS takes audiences on an extraordinary journey through the groundbreaking exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Described by The Times as “stylish & outrageous,” the exhibition features a remarkable collection of photographs, stage costumes, and other rare possessions from the David Bowie Archive – and will only make one US stop during its global tour. With fascinating insight into Bowie’s most memorable music videos, never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, and special guests including Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, this exclusive cinematic event reveals the creativity and evolution of one the most influential artists of our time.

 

Directed By
Hamish Hamilton

Language
English

Official Site
davidbowie.com/davidbowieisfilm

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MACBETH – Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

From its mesmerizing first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches’ prophecy, Shakespeare’s gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife become the instruments of their fate and kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing – first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant’s crown.

Directed By

Eve Best

Written By

William Shakespeare

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THE LEGEND OF LOVE – Bolshoi Ballet

NR  |  3 hours

A splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy, and suffering, THE LEGEND OF LOVE returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. Featuring dance movements, sets, and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works. The storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines, Queen Mekhmene Banu and her young sister, Princess Shyrin. The Queen decides to sacrifice her beauty to save her sister from death, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover.

Directed By

Bolshoi Ballet

Written By

Arif Melikov (music), Nazim Hikmet (libretto), Yuri Grigorovich (choreography)

Cast

The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists, and Corps de Ballet

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OF MICE AND MEN

NR  |  2 hours 30 minutes 

Oscar nominee James Franco (127 HOURS, MILK) and Chris O’Dowd (BRIDESMAIDS, THE SAPPHIRES) star in the hit Broadway production OF MICE AND MEN, filmed on stage by National Theatre Live. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck’s play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway’s AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY), this moving masterpiece was nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O’Dowd.

Directed By

Anna D. Shapiro

Written By

John Steinbeck

Cast

James Franco, Chris O’Dowd

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GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER

GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER goes inside the Herculean effort involved in gathering the resources, assembling the volunteers, casting the dancers, rehearsing and staging the performances of the classic ballet performed all over the world during the Christmas season. Director Serene Meshel-Dillman, a former dancer at the School of American Ballet and commercial television producer, presents an intimate, behind-the-curtain view of the dancers, teachers, and families at Los-Angeles based Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.

Directed By

Serene Meshel-Dillman

Written By

Serene Meshel-Dillman