In 1961, while a young man of 22, Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of dance, comes from Russia’s St Petersburg to Paris as a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company.
Dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, Parisian life delights Nureyev who’s eager to consume all the culture, art and music the dazzling city has to offer. But his KGB watchers become increasingly suspicious of his behavior and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint. When they finally confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger. From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicenter of western culture in Paris this is the story of an incredible journey by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever.
(US / 2019 / Directed by Ralph Fiennes)
R / 2 hr 7 mins.