Le Mystere Babilee (2000)

Le Mystere Babilee
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 37mins.
Genres Documentary, Historical
Keywords bio, dance
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Helena Van Dantzig Producer n/a 3 3000001
Patrick Bensard Director n/a 2 2000001
Germaine Cohen Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Germaine Cohen Editor n/a 172 7000001
Germaine Cohen Production collaborator 120824 25000001
Fabrice Rivaud Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000001
Jean Cocteau Actor Himself 1 1000008
Clive Barnes Actor Himself 1 1000007
Maurice Bejart Actor Himself 1 1000003
Mikhail Baryshnikov Actor Himself 1 1000002
Jérémie Belingard Actor Himself 1 1000004
Marika Besobrasova Actor Herself 1 1000005
Leslie Caron Actor Herself 1 1000006
Jean Babilee Actor Himself 1 1000001
To prevent the iniquities of time from banishing the great Jean Babilee to obscurity, this documentary offers a lasting testament to the genius of this French dancer and choreographer, considered one of modern ballet's greatest performers. Although Babilee never reached the status of a Baryshnikov or a Nureyev, he has enjoyed great success during his career, which spans the last half of the 20th century, and his name will be forever linked to two ballets in the modern repertory- "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort" by Roland Petit (directed by Jean Cocteau, it brought Babilee instant fame at the age of only 23) and "Life" by Maurice Bejart. The film includes rare footage of these and other performances, offering a glimpse of the extreme control, intensity and forcefulness that defined Babilee's style. But the bulk of the film, and its sustaining power, are the interviews with Babilee himself, still a charismatic presence at the age of 77. These interviews are rich performances in themselves.