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Caryn James

New York Film Festival Preview, 'Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq'

  • By Caryn James
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  • September 30, 2013 8:59 AM
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"The tragedy of Tanny is epic," Jacques d'Amboise says of his one-time ballet partner, referring to the event that makes Nancy Buirski's eloquent documentary Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a moving human drama rather than simply a film about a great dancer. Tanaquil Le Clercq was the current wife and muse of George Balanchine in 1956 when, while on a European tour, she was stricken with polio. In the worst kind of tragic irony, she never walked again.

Beautiful and Eloquent, "The Loving Story" Comes to HBO

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 14, 2012 8:48 AM
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The Loving Story, which I’ve been following since it was a work-in-progress, premieres on HBO tonight. To say that this documentary is about Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple who were arrested and forced to leave Virginia in the 1950’s, and whose Supreme Court case finally struck down anti-miscegenation laws, doesn’t begin to suggest how beautifully the film is made.

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