Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq

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(USA / 2013 / Directed by Nancy Buirski)
Unrated / 91 mins
Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story) brings to the screen the magnificent and tragic story of Tanaquil Le Clercq. With a soul-stirring soundtrack and exquisite visuals, this is a story of how one woman so passionately influenced an entire art form and two of its most prolific and renowned creators.
Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. 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 eventually married Balanchine, and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her. 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. Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq is a frighteningly real, amazingly candid portrait of an artist. Rarely has a film revealed such a dramatic experience on such an intimate scale.
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