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Esmeralda - Bolshoi Ballet

By volcanohunter
Written April 24, 2013
Marvellous production, beautiful performances by Maria Alexandrova, Ruslan Skvortsov, Denis Savin and Ekaterina Krysanov, and good work on the part of camera crews in capturing the dancing. A rarity happily brought back to active performance.
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Esmeralda

By The Swan 223
Written December 01, 2011
The two 25 minute intermissions made this film much too long. The dancing was wonderful! I would only recommend without the long intermission. I don't think any kids even if they liked ballet would sit that long.
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Esmeralda-Bolshoi Live

By Rum588
Written December 01, 2011
It is just wonderful, the dancing, music, stage settings, costumes and more. Please show more this type of live theater shows. Thank you so much for enriching our lives.
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Artistically Beautiful, Technically Deficient

By Jim Dexter
Written December 01, 2011
I continue to be thrilled when I can visit London, New York, Moscow, and other locations to see some of the best art produced in the world, right from a local movie theatre. However, the technology is fragile. Last night's presentation of Esmeralda from Moscow at the Walnut Creek, CA, theatre was almost ruined by a technical setting: every fifth (or so) frame of the entire presentation was dropped. The resulting view was so choppy that one couldn't read the crawl at the end of the presentation, and the dancers movements were almost too choppy to watch (what else is there in ballet?). Why did this happen? Who knows. Was it only at this one theatre? I don't know. Was this just a playback issue? Don't know, and don't care, it shouldn't have been there.
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Esmeralda - Great Ballet - Too long Intermissions

By Jermlh
Written December 01, 2011
The ballet was wonderful, but the two 25 minutes intermissions were too, too long and unnecessary.
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