The White Crow

The White Crow
  • 2018
  • UK / France
  • 2h 2min
  • Directed by: Ralph Fiennes
  • Cast: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann

The story of Rudolf Nureyev (Ivenko), delving into his work and sex life and how he defected from the Soviet Union in 1961. Ukrainian dancer Ivenko gives an intensely physical performance and Fiennes’ light touch as a director makes it something exciting, genuine and naturally sexy.

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127 mins | Dir: Ralph Fiennes | Cast includes: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann | Cert: 12A

Ralph Fiennes' THE WHITE CROW was inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh. The drama charts the iconic dancer's famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.

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Ralph Fiennes on The White Crow: 'It was always about this moment of choice in 1961'

19 Mar 2019

Director Fiennes and lead actor Oleg Ivenko discuss the new film about the life of ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev

Marking his third film as director, Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow explores the young life of iconic Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev. Initially, Fiennes wasn't particularly au fait with Nureyev's art form. 'I had no interest in ballet as such,' he…

The White Crow

18 Mar 20194 stars

Ralph Fiennes takes the helm of an impressive biopic focusing on legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev, the world's first pop icon ballet star, defected from the Soviet Union at Paris's Le Bourget airport in 1961. History has it that the dancer threatened suicide if he was not allowed to remain in the west. In The White Crow the moment is…

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