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White Nights 1985 123movies

White Nights 1985 123movies

Nov. 22, 1985136 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American, who has married a Russian woman, lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American?
Plot: After his plane crashes in Siberia, a Russian dancer, who defected to the West, is held prisoner in the Soviet Union. The KGB keeps him under watch and tries to convince him to become a dancer for the Kirov Academy of Ballet again. Determined to escape, he befriends a black American expatriate and his pregnant Russian wife, who agree to help him escape to the American Embassy.
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Mistakenly Underrated
Frankly, I don’t see why everybody is so up in arms about the quality of this movie. I, for one, don’t need to preface my review with a disclaimer that only its dance sequences can be enjoyed. I happen to think that it’s a pretty excellent cinematographic work overall. Let me elaborate.

The camera work here is among the most original and clever out there. It’s incredibly dynamic and energetic, offering unusual perspectives, delivering great close-ups, and skillfully capturing the sweeping wide spaces. An unusually large amount of footage is devoted to the city landscapes of St. Petersburg – a rarity in American flicks on Russian themes. It’s all the more jarring, however, that despite attempts to ensure authenticity of the setting, at least the first couple of car rides seem to have been done in a stationary vehicle and plastered rather crudely against the city background. But this is a forgivable and almost charming flaw, considering the film’s limited budget and the release year of 1985.

The film is a paradox of sorts, showcasing interesting performances from Rossellini and Hines, two actors who have since been totally under-appreciated. There’s good chemistry between the impressionable and high-strung duet of Darya and Raymond. Jerzy Skolimovski (Colonel Chaiko) is the classical cunning villain with a Slavic flare. Baryshnikov himself seems a bit rigid and somewhat formulaic as Nikolay Rodchenko. That is when he’s not dancing, of course. For when he dances, he unleashes all imaginable and unimaginable potential.

Obviously, the story line is sketched out in broad, exaggerated strokes. But I bet the filmmakers actually expected the overall theatricality to be taken with a grain of salt. Besides, the subject matter discussed wasn’t keen on subtleties. The events depicted were behind-the-scenes operations all right, but they were as blunt and theatrically bizarre as can be. And as for those who think the circumstances and emotions of the dissidence and emigration (or defection in this case) experience are overblown – brush up on mid-20th century history and get a grip on things. Not only had the Big Brother’s machinery of state control and suppression been well oiled for decades in the Soviet Union and its satellites, but the shadow of this absurd, merciless beast hangs over many of those nations still. Folks, the fictionalized account of Nikolay Rodchenko is merely a -slightly- glamorized and dramatized version of real life experience of countless victims of the era.

The scenes of Nikolay and Darya fleeing through the deserted streets of Leningrad and the subsequent humiliation they experience in front of the American embassy send chills down my spine every time I watch the movie. That threat and that danger are very real to me even though my emigration experience in the 1990s was simply peachy in retrospect and comparison. Just as disturbing and sobering, by the way, is Rodchenko’s reception by the Americans and the so-called international community inside the gates. He to them is but a nimble exotic specimen…

Anyhow, let me dismount my high horse and reiterate, seconding the earlier reviews, that `White Nights’ features superb, matchless dancing; and, to miss it is a deathly sin. Well, almost…

There are essentially four dance highlights in the movie. Choreography is mainly by Baryshnikov, Hines, and, very importantly, Twyla Tharp. Baryshnikov’s duet with Florence Faure in the opening credits is bound to leave your breathless. It is sheer perfection – immensely inventive and impeccably executed. The second instance when you’ll forget that you could blink and breathe is during the 11 rubles for 11 pirouettes number. He does it with a godly effortlessness. Hines’ and Baryshnikov’s dance studio number is fascinating to watch. And, then Then, there’s Mikhail’s solo to Vysotsky’s tape on the stage of the Kirov theatre. Its beauty is literally painful and words can never describe it.

If you haven’t seen `White Nights’ or haven’t seen it more than once, you’re denying yourself an unearthly pleasure. And you can snicker at my high-flown sighs and exclamations all you want 🙂

Review By: Alenchik Rating: 10 Date: 2001-06-13
Two Spectacular Performers Dance Around One Weak Cold War Thriller…Literally
Seeing this 1985 movie (dubbed without irony by director Taylor Hackford as a “political dance thriller” in his DVD commentary) over twenty years later in a pristine new print reminds me exactly what I thought about it back then. That is that Hackford recruited two world-class dancers of completely different genres and then went about and contrived a far-fetched Cold War thriller story around them. It is really the unparalleled dancing that makes this film still watchable beginning with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s extraordinary performance of Roland Petit’s ballet, “Le jeune homme et la mort”, opposite Florence Faure over the opening credits. His artful athleticism inevitably makes the rest of his acting feel rather pedestrian, as he unsurprisingly portrays Nikolai Rodchenko, a world-renowned Russian ballet dancer who has defected to the US after having been the leading performer of the Kirov Ballet.

Written by James Goldman, the plot has his character on a Tokyo-bound airliner that’s forced to land in Siberia where KGB authorities want to detain him in order to have him stay permanently in his homeland. To help matters along, Colonel Chaiko, the chief Soviet intelligence officer, decides to have Rodchenko live with Raymond Greenwood, a black American who has defected to the Soviet Union because the pervasive racism has not allowed his own artistic freedom. Gregory Hines acquits himself admirably with this impossible role, but more importantly, it simply provides him an excuse to dazzle with his own “tap improvography” (the actual verbiage used in the end credits) in a couple of spectacular tap numbers. The two masters even get to duet twice, and instead of looking incompatible, they are quite stunning as they mesh their divergent styles fluidly.

The rest of the overly long story feels like an old episode of the 1960’s TV series, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” where Chaiko plots to convince Rodchenko to stay by reinstating him at the Kirov, which is now under the management of his abandoned lover, Gailna Ivanova. Trust issues arise between the former lovers, and yet another complicating element to his escape is Greenwood’s Russian wife Darya who has not fully reconciled with her husband’s U.S.-bred values and stays fearful at the possibility of leaving the Soviet Union. The events in the last quarter of the film consist of standard-issue spy thriller clichés and it all ends in a quite unbelievable manner.

Polish film director Jerzy Skomilowsky portrays Chaiko in an all-too-familiar dastardly manner. Playing Russian women, Isabella Rossellini (in her American film debut) and especially Helen Mirren are convincing, even if their decidedly secondary roles require little more than crying and expressing regrets. At certain moments and I’m sure they are quite intentional, Rossellini emits a glowing innocence similar to her mother Ingrid Bergman in her youth. The estimable Geraldine Page is wasted playing Rodchenko’s agitated American manager. The soundtrack brings back nostalgic memories for me, even if the 1980’s-style music makes the film feel as dated as the persistently gray images of pre-Gorbachev Russia.

The new 2006 DVD includes a relatively insightful commentary track from Hackford and a nice twenty-minute looking-back featurette which includes remembrances from Hackford, Rossellini and Mirren and a brief tribute to Hines who died in 2003. The original theatrical trailer, a piece of 80’s kitsch in itself, is also included as well as previews to unrelated dance-oriented films and DVDs.

Review By: EUyeshima Rating: 6 Date: 2006-09-11

Other Information:

Original Title White Nights
Release Date 1985-11-22
Release Year 1985

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 42160849
Status Released
Rated PG-13
Genre Drama, Music
Director Taylor Hackford
Writer James Goldman, Eric Hughes, Nancy Dowd
Actors Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski
Country United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 3 wins & 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory Metrocolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (colour)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

White Nights 1985 123movies
White Nights 1985 123movies
White Nights 1985 123movies
Original title White Nights
TMDb Rating 6.8 90 votes

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