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White Nights

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'80s dance drama has some violence, profanity.

Movie PG-13 1985 136 minutes
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For kids who knows nothing of the former Soviet Union's brutal practices, this is a well-made, dramatic, if simplistic, introduction to the open repression of Russia and its satellite countries. The representation of citizens being forced to spy on neighbors and friends in order to stay out of trouble with the government is accurate and frightening. Additionally, director Taylor Hackford lovingly features long dance performances by both Baryshnikov and Hines, two powerful screen presences. Again, for young audiences this offers an opportunity to see two masters of the past working near their peaks. Hines, Baryshnikov, and Twyla Tharp did the choreography. Pacing may at times seem slow by today's quick-cut editing standards, but there is plenty to appreciate here.

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