Havana Film Festival presents "Giselle" (US PREMIERE OF RESTORED FILM)
Havana Film Festival
In his newly restored thrilling performance film, Enrique Pineda Barnet follows Cuba’s greatest ballet dancer, Alicia Alonso, halfway between documentary and fiction in her acclaimed portrayal of Giselle in the eponymous ballet that made Alonso an international star. The tale follows Duke Albrecht as he disguises himself as a peasant to win the love of the beautiful Giselle. A performance film written by Vernoy de Saint Georges, Theophile Gautier and J. Coral, Giselle is a ballet in two acts performed by Cuba’s greatest ballet dancer, Alicia Alonso, and Fernando Alonso. In this tale, Duke Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant to win the love of the beautiful Giselle. Meanwhile, Hilarion, who also loves her, takes vengeance by revealing Albrecht’s true origins. Giselle dies of a heart attack upon learning of this; but, ultimately, her love for Albrecht saves him from punishment.
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