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Afternoon of a Faun2013

Tanaquil Le Clercq

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  • 4.3
Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike (her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine). The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous "Afternoon of a Faun" for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.

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I guess ballet artists are people too - or are they? Dedicated, talented, seeking to fly, yet with the knowledge that it will be a short life, a tough struggle, but for all that, a chance to fly. The film invites us along as a star has polio shorten her career and effect he life. Some of the accompanying characters did not get my endorsement as fully as she gave hers, but those were her choices to make. Pathos. Courage. Guts. And style. Tanny had it all.

Quite a story