So elaborate was Rudolf Nureyev's vision of the Cervantes classic that his lavish film ballet ultimately required the facilities of a gigantic Australian aircraft hangar to produce. Choreographed and co-directed by Nureyev, the film received its Sydney premiere in 1973, and a London Royal Gala presentation in 1974, and went on to travel briefly to New York. Despite rave reviews, prints gradually fell out of circulation and grew scarce. For 25 years, incomplete copies have been scattered across two continents, with the film developing a reputation as a fabled lost treasure. After a painstaking five-year process, Nureyev's Don Quixote has at long last been reassembled, digitally remastered, and restored to its original glory. Starring Nureyev as Basilio, the production also features Nureyev's co-director Sir Robert Helpmann as Don Quixote and Lucette Aldous as Kitri.
Composer: Ludwig Minkus Don Quixote: Robert Helpmann Kitri: Lucette Aldous Basilio: Rudolf Nureyev Sancho Panza: Ray Powell Lorenzo: Francis Croese and The Australian Ballet.
The State Orchestra of Victoria Conductor: John Lanchbery Year: 1972
Bonus: “A Little Bit of Don Quixote” This 35mm film version, made in 1972, was restored and remastered in 1999 for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and it is the results of this restoration process that are presented in the Bonus feature. For this DVD release, a new high definition transfer has been made from the restored wersion, with even more brilliant results.
Picture: 4:3 Sound: LPCM Stereo / 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound Region code: A,B,C (All Regions) Running Time: 127 mins
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