Movie “The White Crow” 6/29/19

June 29, 2019

THE WHITE CROW was inspired by the book “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life” by Julie Kavanaugh. The drama focuses on the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Rudolf Nureyev was a superstar/sacred monster who changed the very nature of ballet, especially the roles of the male dancers. Acclaimed dancer Oleg Ivenko, who never acted before this movie,  stars as Nureyev, alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos as Clara Saint, and Fiennes as Russian ballet coach Alexander Pushkin. Nureyev’s highly dramatic, unexpected story was brought in this movie. I saw the movie about Freddy Mercury “Bohemian Rhapsody” and it is very interesting to find out Mercury and Nureyev share similar personalities. Sadly both died young with AIDS. “The White Crow” is an entertaining movie, but it shows “human” in a genius artist’s mind, even though he had a big ego and was self-centered. He was a true artist.