Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
June Diane Raphael
Ralph Fiennes originally did not want to be in the movie, knowing from experience how difficult it could be to both direct and act. But as he tried to get financing for the film he kept being asked if he was going to be in it, and when he said no, "I could see the light fading behind their eyes," because there were no other major names in it, "so finally I folded." See more »
In a scene showing a close up of Nureyev's foot performing a tendu, the shoe he is wearing is a white split sole ballet slipper, a shoe that did not exist in the 1960s. Split sole ballet technique shoes have only been on the dance scene since the mid 1990s. See more »
The film centers on the five weeks Nureyev spent in Paris with flashbacks to his childhood. The focus is on his passion for dance - his purpose. The drama is what he had to sacrifice to dance and his self-centerdness to be able to do so. While it is a bit long the dance scenes make up for it as does the acting. Some critics claim it whitewashed Nureyev's personal life but this was not a movie about that. In some ways, it is the perfect bookend to the juggernaut of the Avengers. Why do we seek superheroes in fictional life when there are so many in real life? Nureyev's superpower? He could dance!
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