The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky

"I'm a dancer. You will understand me when you see me dance." - Vaslav Nijinsky. "The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky" is based on the published diary "Cahiers", which Nijinsky wrote in 1919. Known as "the God of the Dance", Vaslav Nijinsky is probably the greatest male dancer of all time. In the grip of madness, Nijinsky fled to St Moritz in an attempt to escape his overbearing mentor Diaghilev. It was during this time that Nijinsky recorded his inner turmoil. The diary presents a remarkably raw, dramatic, painful and ecstatic inner world, as Nijinsky expresses his feelings profoundly, deeply, richly and honestly. "Nijinsky" portrays the dancer through the use of visual imagery seen from his point of view, reflecting salient moments of his life through the characters he was dancing at the time - Petrouchka, the Faun, the Blue God, the Golden Slave, and others. Celebrating Nijinsky the dancer, the film explores the mind of a genius on the outer verge of reason. Not a documentary or a traditional feature film, "The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky" is best described as a cinematic poem. Narrated by Derek Jacobi.

Year: 2001
Genre: Art House Cinema
Country: Australia
Director: Paul Cox
Starring: Derek Jacobi, Delia Silvan, Chris Haywood, Vicki Attard
Duration: 95 Minutes
Rating: M - Adult themes.
Location in store: Art House Cinema


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