The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky

Release Date: May 31, 2002
Limited release

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This film tells the story of one of the most influential performers of the early 20th century, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

Australian director/screenwriter Paul Cox dug through Nijinsky's diaries that were written after World War I. This was at a time when Nijinsky had left the Russian Ballet and moved to St. Moritz, Switzerland with his wife and daughter. He was starting to suffer from acute schizophrenia. This really comes through in the narration from the diaries, read by Sir Derek Jacobi. On a historical note, Nijinsky was confined to an asylum for the last 30 years of his life.

Though this is a true recollection of the dancer's life, it is not a documentary. There is no footage of Nijinsky. Instead, actors portray his life. Cox uses the wonderful narration, his own collection of images, and the recreations of Nijinsky's dances to put together a powerful look at Nijinsky's life. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
Main Cast Derek Jacobi, Delia Silvan, Chris Haywood
Supporting Cast Hans Sonneveld, Oliver Streeton, Jillian Smith, Kevin Lucas
Director Paul Cox
Screenwriter Paul Cox
Distributor Wellspring Media
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating Unrated
Running Time 95 minutes
Screen Count 3
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