Friday, August 08, 2008

Vaslav Nijinsky in 'L'apres-midi d'un faune' (1912)

Unbelievably, I noticed footage today of Nijinsky in 'l'apres-midi d'un faune'.

26 seconds worth, discovered in 2006 in the archive of Louis MAISTRE (1862-1948) and now uploaded onto YouTube by his descendant Christian Comte, with the accompanying information:

'nijinsky original movie of nijinsky dance 1912 film inédit de Nijinsky sur fragment de pellicule découvert en 2006 dans les archives de Louis Maistre'

The legendary dancer's movement seems strangely and evenly fluid, and so slightly unnatural.

And there are a couple of seeming 're-takes', like rap music where the record is being wound back and forward.


Daniel said...

This strikes me as a computer-generated adaptation of still images, not a lost film of Nijinsky. The "film sequences" appear to start and end with well-known photographic images, and to be connected via image-morphing software.

Daniel said...

I am one of the most widely-published authorities in the world on two relevant subject: the photographs taken of Nijinsky during his career, and the question of whether he was ever filmed performing.

It is a disservice to the arts world to present this digital creation as a genuine film of Nijinsky.

Please stop this charade.

Nick Wallace-Smith said...

hi daniel, the longer i consider the 'footage', like you, the more i am convinced it is some sort of digital fitting of stills. have you made a comment on Christian Comte's YouTube original post yet? he is the 'owner' of this 'film', claiming it is from his ancestor's archive, that of Louis Maistre.