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Christina Stead - Author
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The film is made as a concert which is composed of unique fragments of dances from the famous performances of the great ballet dancers of the XX century, who brought fame to the Bolshoi theatre. The film depicts stories about their creative activities. One could see Ann Pavlova in the…
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Beyond the Border - A Mexican Immigrant Joins his Brothers in Kentucky
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