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Don Quixote Film Blu-ray (Rudolf Nureyev)

This spectacular film of Don Quixote, choregraphed after Petipa and directed for the screen by Russian ballet superstar Rudolf Nureyev, is recognised as one of the finest ballet performances ever caught on camera and a cinematic triumph in its own right. Filmed in Melbourne with the Australian Ballet in 1973, the cast includes Nureyev as Basilio, Sir Robert Helpmann as the deluded knight and Lucette Aldous as Kitri. This timeless story of love, gallantry and misadventure – all unfolding with Minkus’s exhilarating Spanish flavoured music – has stood the test of time as one of the world’s most popular ballets. Lovingly restored from the original 35mm film, and to be heard for the first time in full surround sound digital stereo created for the DVD and Blu-ray release, this is finally, how Nureyev intended his Don Quixote to be seen and heard.

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Basilio: Rudolf Nureyev
Don Quixote: Robert Helpmann
Sancho Panzo: Ray Powell
Kitri / Dulcinea: Lucette Aldous
Gamache: Colin Peasley
Street Dancer / Queen of the Dryads: Marilyn Rowe
Espada: Kelvin Coe

State Orchestra of Victoria
Conductor: John Lanchbery
Director and Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev after Marius Petipa
Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Arranged by John Lanchbery

Running Time: approx. 111 minutes
Sound: LPCM 2.0 + Dolby Digital 5.1
Format: Bluray NTSC 
Region: 0