Of the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike—her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. The muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous "Afternoon of a Faun" for her. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio overnight and paralyzed; she never danced again. Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski ("The Loving Story") brings to the screen for the first time the magnificent and tragic story of a woman who was the nexus of inspiration, beauty and invention. With a soul-stirring soundtrack and exquisite visuals, Afternoon of a Faun reveals how one woman so passionately influenced an entire art form and two of its most prolific and renowned creators. With Jacques d'Amboise. Official Web Site

Director:

Nancy Buirski

Cast:

Randy Bourscheidt, Jacques d’Amboise, Barbara Horgan, Pat McBride Lousada, Arthur Mitchell, Marianne Bower, Michael Stuhlbarg

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 32mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

USA