Carmen Suite (Ballet)
The Bolshoi Ballet's prima ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya, is the star of this lyrical film of excerpts from several of her most famous roles. The centerpiece of the film is the ballet of Carmen, a spectacularly choreographed and orchestrated version of George Bizet's famous opera. Also included are scenes from Glazunov's Raymonda, a choreographed version of a Bach work called Prelude, and the famous Dying Swan. This is a genuinely cinematic treatment of ballet and dancers and not merely a filming of a stage production. Choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev, Alberto Alonso and others is featured along with spectacular conducting by composer Rodion Shchedrin.