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The White Crow
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRalph Fiennes
Screenplay byDavid Hare
Based onRudolf Nureyev: The Life
by Julie Kavanagh
Produced byCarolyn Marks Blackwood
François Ivernel
Andrew Levitas
Gabrielle Tana
Ralph Fiennes
StarringOleg Ivenko
Adèle Exarchopoulos
Chulpan Khamatova
Ralph Fiennes
Aleksey Morozov
Raphaël Personnaz
Olivier Rabourdin
Ravshana Kurkova
Louis Hofmann
Sergei Polunin
Maksimilian Grigoriyev
CinematographyMike Eley
Music byIlan Eshkeri
Production
companies
BBC Films
HanWay Films
Metalwork Pictures
Lonely Dragon
Magnolia Mae Films
Montebello Productions
Work in Progress
Globus Films
Distributed byStudioCanal (United Kingdom)
Rezo Films (France)[1]
Discovery Films (Croatia)[1]
MCF (Serbia)[1]
Release date
Running time
127 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
France
Croatia
Serbia
LanguagesEnglish
Russian
French
Box officeUS$7.3 million

The White Crow is a 2018 biographical drama film written by David Hare and directed by Ralph Fiennes. It chronicles the life and dance career of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, played by Oleg Ivenko.[2]

It is inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh. The title is a reference to his childhood nickname of white crow (with a somewhat similar meaning to "black sheep" in English), because he was unusual.[3]

Principal photography was completed in October 2017.[2] It premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival and the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.[4] It also screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival, Cinemania (Bulgaria) and Febiofest (Czech Republic). Ralph Fiennes received the Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the Tokyo International Film Festival, with the film receiving a Tokyo Grand Prix nomination. The White Crow was released on 22 March 2019 in the UK (StudioCanal) and on 26 April 2019 in the US (Sony Pictures Classics).

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Biographical film

Biographical film

A biographical film or biopic is a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character's real name is used. They differ from docudrama films and historical drama films in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a single person's life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.

David Hare (playwright)

David Hare (playwright)

Sir David Rippon Hare is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Best known for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Hours in 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel of the same name written by Bernhard Schlink.

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor, film producer, and director. A Shakespeare interpreter, he excelled onstage at the Royal National Theatre before having further success at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has received various accolades including a BAFTA Award and a Tony Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and an Emmy Award.

Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was a Soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer. Nureyev is regarded by some as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation.

Oleg Ivenko

Oleg Ivenko

Oleg Ivenko is a Ukrainian ballet dancer and actor, known for his portrayal of Rudolph Nureyev in the film The White Crow. He is a principal dancer with the Tatar State Opera in Kazan.

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival (TFF) is a film festival held annually in Telluride, Colorado during Labor Day weekend. The 49th edition took place on September 2–6, 2022.

Plot

The film shuffles through three time periods: the present (1961) in Paris, his childhood, and the beginning of Nureyev's ballet career six years earlier.

The present day in Paris: Rudi has travelled to Paris as part of the Kirov ballet company. During an arranged meeting, he befriends French dancers he read about in a magazine. During one of his dance performances, he befriends Clara Saint.

Cast

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Oleg Ivenko

Oleg Ivenko

Oleg Ivenko is a Ukrainian ballet dancer and actor, known for his portrayal of Rudolph Nureyev in the film The White Crow. He is a principal dancer with the Tatar State Opera in Kazan.

Adèle Exarchopoulos

Adèle Exarchopoulos

Adèle Exarchopoulos is a French actress. She is best known for her leading role as Adèle in Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013), for which she earned international attention and critical acclaim; at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, she became the youngest person in the history of the festival to be awarded the Palme d'Or. For her performance in Blue Is the Warmest Colour, she won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, the César Award for Most Promising Actress, and the Trophée Chopard Award for Female Revelation of the Year, among dozens of other accolades.

Chulpan Khamatova

Chulpan Khamatova

Chulpan Nailevna Khamatova PAR is a Russian film, theater and television actress.

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor, film producer, and director. A Shakespeare interpreter, he excelled onstage at the Royal National Theatre before having further success at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has received various accolades including a BAFTA Award and a Tony Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and an Emmy Award.

Alexander Pushkin (ballet dancer)

Alexander Pushkin (ballet dancer)

Alexander Ivanovich Pushkin was a Russian ballet dancer and ballet master. His students include Askold Makarov, Nikita Dolgushin, Oleg Vinogradov, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Rudolf Nureyev.

Aleksey Morozov (actor)

Aleksey Morozov (actor)

Aleksey Valentinovich Morozov is a Russian theatre actor and film director. He appeared in over 40 films.

Nadezhda Markina

Nadezhda Markina

Nadezhda Konstantinovna Markina is a Soviet and Russian actress. She was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress at the European Film Awards, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and the IFFI Best Actor Award (Female): Silver Peacock Award at the 42nd International Film Festival of India for the film Elena (2011).

Kseniya Ryabinkina

Kseniya Ryabinkina

Kseniya Lvovna Ryabinkina is a Russian professional ballet dancer and character actor. She has appeared in Soviet, Russian and Hindi cinema since the 1960s.

Raphaël Personnaz

Raphaël Personnaz

Raphaël Personnaz is a French actor. He has appeared in more than fifty films since 1998. He was awarded the Prix Patrick Dewaere in 2013.

Pierre Lacotte

Pierre Lacotte

Pierre Lacotte is a French ballet dancer and choreographer who specialised in the reconstruction of lost choreographies of romantic ballets. His mother was an affirmed musician and he manifested very early his interest for dance. After an initial reluctance, his family surrendered to his stubbornness so that Lacotte could become a student of Gustave Ricaux, who taught at the Paris Opera.

Olivier Rabourdin

Olivier Rabourdin

Olivier Rabourdin is a French film actor. He has appeared in more than seventy films since 1985. In 2010 he was nominated for a French César Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for the role of Christophe in the film Of Gods and Men.

Louis Hofmann

Louis Hofmann

Louis Hofmann is a German actor. He first gained attention as the lead in the 2011 German film Tom Sawyer and won the Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a teenage German prisoner of war in the 2015 Danish film Land of Mine. He is also known for playing Jonas in the 2017 German Netflix Original series Dark.

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a positive rating of 67% based on 135 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The White Crow lacks the nimble grace of its subject, but as a reasonably diverting primer on a pivotal period in the life of a brilliant artist, it just about sticks the landing."[5] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, gives the film a normalized score of 54 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

The New York Times wrote, "The White Crow is a portrait of the artist as a young man, an attempt to show the complex array of factors — biographical, psychological, social, political — that led to the moment when the 23-year-old dancer made a decision that would change the history of ballet: Nureyev became Nureyev by defecting from Russia to the West at Le Bourget airport in France in June 1961 ... Throughout [the film], Fiennes and Hare suggest the extraordinary will and curiosity that drove Nureyev to dance, and to seek out art and culture wherever he could."[7]

Source: "The White Crow", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, December 30th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Crow.

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References
  1. ^ a b c "The White Crow". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ a b "Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow - Filmoria". www.filmoria.co.uk. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ Roache, Madeline (26 April 2019). "The True Story Behind the Rudolf Nureyev Movie The White Crow". Time. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  4. ^ Erbland, Kate (2018-08-30). "Telluride Reveals 2018 Full Lineup: 'Destroyer,' 'White Boy Rick,' and 'The Old Man & the Gun' Set for World Premieres". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  5. ^ "The White Crow (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  6. ^ "The White Crow". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (2019-04-28). "Trying to Pinpoint the Moment Nureyev Became Nureyev". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
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