Turning Point

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A 1977 Hollywood film (made by Twentieth-Century Fox) about an ageing ballerina (Anne Bancroft) and her former colleague (Shirley MacLaine), who has abandoned her career to raise a family. The plot revolves around the latter's daughter (real-life ballerina Leslie Browne) who seeks to pursue the career her mother never had. The film portrays the daily life of a major ballet company (American Ballet Theatre) and its cast also features Mikhail Baryshnikov, Antoinette Sibley, and Alexandra Danilova. There is additional performance footage of Fernando Bujones, Richard Cragun, Suzanne Farrell, Marcia Haydée, and Peter Martins. The script was written by Arthur Laurents; direction was by the former dancer and choreographer Herbert Ross, whose wife, the former ballerina Nora Kaye, assisted him.

Subjects: Dance.

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