Free shipping. She and the Prince dance a romantic "Pas de Deux". Stowell and Sendak were interested with the proposal, but discussed at length whether it would be wiser simply to film the ballet on stage or to adapt it into a full-fledged film version. I want to know why things happen. Clara and the Prince sail away to a castle where they are welcomed by the Prince's Royal Court. "[15], Ballard responded to criticism about the editing in a post-release The New York Times interview, saying that the editing style was not what he had initially planned, but was a necessary result of the tight filming schedule. It depicts Clara's inner conflict and confusion, as well as the beginning of her sexual awakening, as she approaches adolescence; similar themes occur in many of Sendak's books. The ballet's scenario, crafted by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa after a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, is far simpler and less nuanced than Hoffmann's original story. Unless Ballard is cutting away out of kindness, which is a possibility. This year I was not disappointed. The guests are entertained by a trio of masquerade dancers, but Clara is noticeably uncomfortable around Drosselmeyer, who keeps looking at her. There's a problem loading this menu right now. [12], Reviewers largely praised the film's design, but criticized the camerawork and editing, particularly for its use of closeups and medium shots. In ballet go for Bolshoi I, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2020, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 9, 2020. Tom Wilhite, another producer, described the adaptation as "a cross between an MGM musical and a Korda picture. In this Pacific Northwest Ballet performance, it is Christmas Eve and festivities are under way. Add to Wishlist. [4] Lincoln Kirstein, director of the New York City Ballet, called Sendak's production design "absolutely magnificent, and I was filled with a violent greed and envy. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 11, 2018. NUTCRACKER THE MOTION PICTURE BY MAURICE SENDAK-VHS-BRAND NEW-SEALED-CLASSIC. However, the disc is part of Fox/MGM's manufacture-on-demand "Studio Classics" series. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2016. Every year around Christmas for the past decade I have been looking on Amazon to see if this wonderful daptation has finally become available. Nutcracker: The Motion Picture. The core and darker nuances of the original "Nutcracker" fairytale by E.T.A. The only downside was when I had received it the top corner of the case had gotten cracked, (probably from shipping). Seller 100% positive. Sci-fi & fantasy. 1986 85 minutes. a clip from the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Motion Picture adaptation of "The Nutcracker" [4] The film especially emphasizes the darker aspects of Hoffmann's original story and the significance of dreams and the imagination. 4.2 out of 5 stars 25 ratings. They dance romantically, and as they depart the snow falls and the snow fairies appear to dance the "Waltz of the Snowflakes". [10], In an interview during production, Ballard noted he was eager to avoid the cinematic idiosyncrasies of recent dance films, such as Nijinsky (1980), which had filmed its dancers mostly from the knee up. (1986) The Pacific Northwest Ballet performs the fairy tale "The Nutcracker," with music by Tchaikovsky and sets and costumes by Maurice Sendak. The core and darker nuances of the original "Nutcracker" fairytale by E.T.A. As the clock strikes twelve, the Christmas tree gets bigger and all the toy soldiers, as well as the nutcracker, come to life and battle the mice. Drosselmeyer, who is a friend of the family, enters the room and gives toys to the children. 'Nutcracker: The Motion Picture' is the 1986 film version of the Pacific Northwest's Maurice Sendak production. Part of Ballard's adaptation was intended to focus the characters' psychology, as he later elaborated: I particularly changed the nature of the relationship between Clara and Drosselmeyer. Choreographer Kent Stowell, the artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), first invited the author-illustrator Maurice Sendak to collaborate on a Nutcracker production in 1979,[4] after Stowell's wife and colleague Francia Russell saw a Sendak-designed performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute in Houston. The core and darker nuances of the original "Nutcracker" fairytale are kept alive in this cinematic interpretation with its combination of ballet, special effects, and costume and production designs. Hugh Bigney Vanessa Sharp Patricia Barker. Free shipping. $3.99 Rent HD. $7.90. I even watched it with my kids and they preferred this one to the other versions of the nutcracker. [4], Ballard described his directorial approach as follows: "I tried to do two things. Seller 100% positive. In this version the costumes, choreography and dancing don't compare. This item arrived WAY before the due date. Technically it's a mess, too; Acts I and II have practically nothing to do with each other. [3] It depicts Clara's inner conflict and confusion, as well as the beginning of her sexual awakening, as she approaches adolescence; similar themes occur in many of Sendak's books. Clara, her family, and all their guests dance at the Christmas party. The ballet's scenario also introduced smaller changes, such as changing the heroine's name from Marie to Clara.[5]. Clara, a girl on the verge of adolescence, is asleep in her bedroom, dreaming of dancing with a prince before being interrupted by her younger brother Fritz, who summons a giant rat to bite her hand. Then you have a variety of people who do dances that seem to go on and on ad nauseam. "[4], For the film's soundtrack, Sir Charles Mackerras conducted the London Symphony Orchestra at the Watford Town Hall in London in a new recording of Tchaikovsky's score. "[14] Roger Ebert's Chicago Sun Times review was similarly mixed: "It has been staged with great care and considerable beauty but it is nevertheless just a respectable version of a cultural artifact. $4.70 previous price $4.70. "[6] The animator Henry Selick assisted in the adaptation, shooting second unit for the film as well as drawing storyboards and contributing new fantasy sequences. The title "Nutcracker: The Motion Picture" never appears onscreen. I grew up watching this version of the nutcracker and I love it so much. It is a film adaptation of the ballet The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" by E. T. A. Hoffmann. [8], Due to budget restrictions, all footage for Nutcracker was filmed over a period of ten days. They began collaborating in earnest in 1981, developing a Nutcracker concept different from traditional productions, and closer to the themes in Hoffmann's original story. Producers : Willard Carroll, Thomas Coleman, Donald Kushner, Peter Locke, Michael Rosenblatt. In the process of adaptation to film, Stowell revised large portions of his choreography; Sendak revised some designs, and created additional ones from scratch.[4]. Video availability outside of United States varies. I tried to make him a kind of anti-social guy with no family who is obsessed with making toys. $7.90 + shipping. [9] The film's cast is made up of PNB dancers from the stage production. Nutcracker: The Motion Picture (also known onscreen as Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker and simply Nutcracker) is a 1986 theatrical Christmas film, based on the 1983-2014 stage version of The Nutcracker by Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak.It was produced by Hyperion Pictures, The Kusher-Locke Company, and Pacific Northwest Ballet and originally released in movie theaters by … In this version the costumes, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2016, I watched the end of the bolshoi ballets Nutcracker with maximova and vasilli which was brilliant. [3], The film was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Family Motion Picture Drama in 1988.[10]. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. A lavish, exciting and heart-warming celebration of dance, of music, and of life. In December 2017, Olive Films (under license from MGM) re-released the film on DVD and Blu-ray. But when she goes to her family's Christmas party and sees Fritz playing with a hand puppet rat that strongly resembles the one in the dream, she becomes very uneasy. Hoffman (with music by Tchaikovsky) are kept alive in this adept cinematic interpretation with its combination of ballet, special effects, and Maurice Sendak's costume and production designs. $24.99. For other films with similar titles, see, "In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act", "Movie Review: 'Nutcracker' Stumbles On Screen", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nutcracker:_The_Motion_Picture&oldid=999689823, Films based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 January 2021, at 12:56. It's a helluva lot tougher to shoot than I thought it would be. Basically, it's a silent movie done with visual comedy and emotion." Price: $35.41 & FREE Shipping. Hoffman (with music by Tchaikovsky) are kept alive in this adept cinematic interpretation with its combination of ballet, special effects, and Maurice Sendak's costume and production designs. $21.48. The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children's story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as possible to the original story. Before they can hit the ground, the Prince turns back into a nutcracker and Clara (a young girl again) is jolted awake from what has turned out to be a dream. The Nutcracker crawls in the sleeve after the fleeing mouse and Clara follows him, becoming an adult as she wanders through the coat's passageways. [7], At the premiere of the stage production, two Walt Disney Studios executives encouraged Stowell and Sendak to turn their Nutcracker into a film, suggesting Carroll Ballard as director. 2 VHS's Notes Alive! 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