Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
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Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
USA, 2013, 87 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Language: English

The beautiful, sylph-like Tanaquil Le Clercq was one of the most exquisite ballet dancers ever to grace the stage, but her personal life was complex and troubled, and her career was cut short in its prime when she was tragically struck down by polio.

Director Nancy Buirski ("The Loving Story") brings to life the story of a fascinating, prodigiously gifted artist, focusing both on the unsurpassed talents and achievements of her early dancing career, and the heartbreaking struggles she faced when the disease took hold. Breathtaking soft-focus kinescope footage of Le Clercq's performances emphasize her gorgeous, gamine movements, as well as her playfulness and innovative style. With a voiceover that draws from her personal letters, Buirski creates an intimate, sensuous portrait of the extraordinarily long-legged, alluring ballerina.

While Le Clercq had no shortage of adoring suitors, like many devoted artists, she found human connection difficult and often felt alone and isolated. Buirski uses her incredible footage artfully and respectfully, finding the parallels between Le Clercq's loneliness and devastation and the lasting emotional power and beauty of her performances.

DIRECTOR: Nancy Buirski
Producer: Nancy Buirski, Ric Burns, Paola Freccero, Bonnie Lafave, Alysa Nahmias
Editor: Damián Rodriguez
Screenwriter: Nancy Buirski
Cinematographer: R.E. Rodgers
Principal Cast: Tanaquil Le Clerq, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine
Filmography: The Loving Story (2011)
Print Source: Kino Lorber

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