Afternoon of A Faun

Afternoon of A Faun

Tanaquil Le Clercq

Streaming Video - 2013
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In Afternoon of a Faun, critically acclaimed Peabody and Emmy-award winner director-producer Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story) brings to the screen for the first time the magnificent and tragic story of Tanaquil Le Clercq. Of the great ballerinas, Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent, mesmerizing viewers and choreographers alike. Because of her extraordinary movement and unique personality on stage, she became a muse to two of the greatest choreographers in dance, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She had love, fame, adoration, and was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At the age of 27, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again. The ballet world has been haunted by her story ever since.With a soul-stirring soundtrack and exquisite visuals, this is a story of how one woman passionately influenced an entire art form. Le Clercq was the nexus of inspiration, beauty, and invention, suddenly turned into a statistic. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq is a frighteningly real, gracefully candid portrait of an artist. Rarely has a film revealed such a dramatic experience on such an intimate scale.

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j_nienaber
Apr 07, 2015

Extremely well-done documentary on the life of a ballet dancer that should have been as famous as Margot Fonteyn... But had the incredible misfortune of protracting Polio at the age of 27, just as her fame as a dancer were taking off.

Includes some very rare footage of people like Jerome Robbins, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent and of course George Balanchine.

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jonnybroom
Jan 19, 2015

A lovely and consistently interesting American Masters documentary about one of the great ballerinas of the 40s and 50s. A tragic case: she was stricken by polio as the Salk vaccine became available. What comes through is Le Clerq's astonishing talent, beautiful physique and captivating presence, a grace that remained through her years of disability. A haunting film.

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