The White Crow
Ralph Fiennes' film The White Crow (2018) was inspired by the book "Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh". This biopic drama charts the iconic dancer's famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961 during a European tour, despite KGB efforts to stop him.
Rudolf Nureyev changed the face of ballet in the West, with his wild animal magnetism and a hard to define charisma that grabbed the audience the moment he stepped on stage. Nothing like that had been seen on more sedate Western ballet stages before.
And yet, it could all have been lost to us, were it not for his impulsive defection at Paris Le Bourget airport on 16 June 1961, during a rare tour of the West by the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet.
The film, The White Crow, focuses on Nureyev’s early life in the Soviet Union culminating in the events that led to his fateful jump to freedom.
65% Rotten Tomatoes
Running time approx: 2 hour and 7 minutes