Cox mined the depths of Nijinsky's diaries to reveal the passionate and often tortured soul of this consummate artist. Sir Derek Jacobi expertly reads these excerpts--the closest portrayal of the artist the film provides--displaying a skill with inflection matched only by Cox's fulsome imagery--poetic and abstract--which underscore Nijinsky's points. The film becomes a rich interplay of Jacobi's reading, Cox's visual associations, and the various recreations of Nijinsky's ballet performances. This is a comprehensive and provocative film--one that pushes the boundaries of biography, and challenges its audience. Starring Sir Derek Jacobi. Directed and written by Paul Cox. Produced by William Marshall and Kevin Lucas. A Wellspring release. Biography. Unrated. Running time: 95 min.
Returning to his experimental film roots in "Nijinsky," Paul Cox presents his most audacious film to date: an impressionistic portrait of Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.