This film is the famed Royal Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet. This historical performance stars Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev as the quintessential stage lovers. It captures the greatest dance partnership of our century at the peak of their careers.
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As dance, dramatically satisfying and frequently exhilarating, despite a too-old lead in Fonteyn, but as film this is no more than an adequate record of theatre, from which this never convincingly emerges, trapped within the left-to-right action within the proscenium and washed throughout in muddy colours.