Written and directed by Nancy Buirski.
With: Tanaquil Le Clercq, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Mitchell, Jacques d'Amboise.
A hauntingly beautiful new documentary on the gifted dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq opens at the height of her art, as she performs Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed for her by Jerome Robbins, one of two men captivated by her charm and grace. George Balanchine, her other suitor, married Le Clercq and created ballets including La Valse and Symphony in C for the dancer who epitomized his ideal: a long-legged, quicksilver 'path to heaven.' Tragically, Le Clercq fell ill with polio during the 1956 European tour, and was unable to walk or dance again. Her love of dance and lively personality endured, celebrated here by friends and fellow dancers, including Arthur Mitchell, Patricia McBride, and Jacques D'Amboise. 91 min.
"Ultimately, a great film about a single person touches upon the mystery of human personality, and Afternoon of a Faun does that with uncommon grace." - Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com