The White Crow (2018) Movie Script

You knew
You knew what he was
planning to do
You're saying he never
spoke of defection?
The subject never came up
He never spoke of it?
This is an attack
upon the Soviet Union
It's about dance
He knows nothing about politics
He's gone to the West because
there he can dance
He could dance here
Yes, but...
I think it's likely he had
an explosion of character
That's who he is
Mother will recover
After immigration return your passport
Thank you
- Thank you
- Nice to meet you
We are delighted to be here
Where are you off to?
For a walk
Want me to come with you?
Class in two hours
I won't forget
Keep an eye on him
Glory of the French Republic,
Paris 1883
- One more?
- Yes
Where are you from?
I have a place , I'm dancing!
Have you seen the list?
I haven't looked
It's posted
I still haven't looked
Don't you want to know?
Sergeyev's not giving you the first night
Rudi, I'm very sorry
What difference does it make?
It's not going to take long
What's not going to take long?
Until everyone knows who I am
Arms soft. Soft arms
Leningrad Choreographic School
What are you doing here?
Are you in charge?
I'm Valentin Ivanovich Shelkov
I'm Rudolf Nureyev
I'm here to dance
Are you out of your head?
I've been accepted as a pupil
I've come from Ufa
You've got the wrong date
Come back in a week
This is where you will all be living
Young man, turn your head
And lower your shoulder
For the feet
It's not working for me
What do you mean?
What I say
It's not working
The school is not for you?
You only arrived a few weeks ago
Four weeks
The Leningrad Choreographic School
is thought to be the greatest
ballet institute in the world
You're the first pupil to complain
Shelkov says your
technique is inadequate
You lack control. You're clumsy
We know you're talented
but you're old
That's why I have to catch up
You're way behind
I'm seventeen.
I have to do six years' work in three
Well? What's stopping you?
I'm ready to work
But not with Shelkov,
is that what you mean?
Ballet is about rules
It's about discipline.
It has to be
That means it's about obedience
Only through discipline
can you find freedom
I'd rather die than live
under the rules
One day you might be good
enough to say that
You're not good enough yet
Far from it
I believe I would progress
faster with another teacher
Which teacher do you
have in mind?
- Hello
- Hello
- You're Rudolf Nureyev?
- Yes
I'm Alexander Ivanovich Pushkin
You'll find some space over there
Take a bow
- Is everybody warmed up?
- Yes
Boys, as usual, two demi plis and
one grand pli in each position
Get ready
Bend back, further back
Hold your back straight
Fifth position
Assembl, Assembl
Assembl saut, Assembl saut
Bris forwards, Bris backwards
Two bris. En changement
Sleep, sleep, sleep
Come back later
The Raft?
I want The Raft to myself.
Rudik! Come and join in!
Come over here
Are you alright?
Here, let me help you
Am I pleasing you?
I'm sorry?
You never say anything to me
I just want to know if I'm
pleasing you
You don't displease me
Is that all you'll say?
Listen, you're an intelligent man
Work it out for yourself
When you please me, you'll know
Steps have a logic
You need
to find that logic
not to force it
One step follows another, with no
impression of haste
Or effort
Steps follow. And belong
are interconnected
Thank you
This is impossible
Why aren't we talking to each other?
This is ridiculous
Ladies, fouetts please
How was your class?
We have various outings planned
All the main sights
The Louvre, The Eiffel Tower,
Notre Dame
Organised trips
That's nice
You haven't forgotten the
company meeting
before we left Leningrad?
I never miss a meeting
We agreed
we go together
on the bus
Shall I put you down?
Yes of course
My husband said you've not
been looking after yourself
I brought you some soup
It's not bad
He said you don't eat
with the others
A dancer needs to
look after his body
He says you react like an animal
who's been brought into the house
I didn't know
he'd noticed me
Oh yes, he's noticed you
This is French onion soup
Not quite how they make it in Paris
Not the right cheese
You've been to Paris?
Have you been to London?
I've only read about them
Which city is better?
Paris or London?
Better for what?
Better for life?
Better for ballet?
They say Paris is more beautiful
but London is special too
People know more about ballet?
Your husband is a good man
I think so
His class is two holy hours
Eat the soup
Don't worry, you will see
Paris one day
I'll come back soon
Thank you
Thank you
You were spectacular!
This is my friend, Clara Saint
It was wonderful!
Rudi, are you coming with us?
Not now
That's a pity
what did you see?
You came
Hello. Cakes
Thank you. Come in
Don't be shy
Everyone, attention
This is Rudolf Nureyev
We met at the Leningrad Choreographic
School's graduation evening
He's a dancer
Hello everybody
And also he says he's been going to
the Hermitage every day
- He goes to the Hermitage every day?
- Yes
And I told him a lot of us
spend time in the Hermitage
And that we all like to meet every
Sunday afternoon
a whole lot of us to talk, to talk about
all sorts of things
life, art, science
and that he would be very
welcome to join us
I won't stay long
Stay as long as you like.
Everyone else does
I don't want to be a trouble
You're no trouble
This is my brother Leonid,
we are twins
Your sister started telling
me about Rembrandt
I want to find out as much as I can
Leonid's a student at the
Polytechnic, like me
I will have a drink and then go
No. Have a drink and stay
- C'mon sit with us
- C'mon, c'mon
It's a good time. There's
never been a better time
What, just because we're
going to send a man into space?
If you think about it
the Soviet Union's not even
fifty years old
and yet we've caught up
Ahead of the Americans!
Yes, ahead of the
Americans, yes!
We went through terrible times
But they're over
The bad times are
behind us now
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van
Rijn, born in Leiden 1606
One of nine children
Father a miller, mother
a baker's daughter
Introduces a new style of portraiture
Sir, our shop...
Are you all right?
Yes of course, why?
Rudik, your Father has returned
Come and greet him
I was wondering if perhaps
you'd care to eat with us
Eat at your home?
I've spoken to Alexander
Ivanovich about it
I'm afraid our quarters
are very modest
He wants me to come?
We're here
Come in
Ah Rudolf, yes, good
Please, there's no need
for you to get up
I want to get up. And anyway
you're here to eat
Over here
Xenia tells me she's
been looking after you
I hope you don't mind
Why would I mind?
I am of course interested...
Thank you
do you ever think about
the purpose of dance?
- The purpose?
- Yes
Nobody thinks about this
It's true
Why dance?
To take the audience
somewhere else
Somewhere new
Yes of course
But why?
Just that?
Is life that awful then?
And escape to what?
You see, all the time I'm
teaching technique
That's all I do
it is good to remember
technique is only a means
not an end
"Oh he leapt perfectly"
So what?
"Oh she raised an arm
it was perfect"
We spend so much time on technique
It's all we think about
What should we think about?
What story do we
wish to tell?
Why do so few people
ask themselves:
"What do I wish to say?"
You need to let your feelings
pour out
Let's stop here
Be more expressive
with your body
Sit down
I received this letter
I am being sent to the Ministry of Culture
of the Bashkirian Soviet Socialist Republic
to apply there for future work
Yes. So?
This will kill me
I don't want to go
It doesn't matter what you want
Do you know that I've been
offered three different places?
I didn't know that
With three different
The Bolshoi wants me
One day you can go to
the Bolshoi in Moscow
Why not?
But first
you have to go
and dance in Ufa
If I go to Ufa, I'll never
go to the Bolshoi
I'll be too old
Who do you think paid for
your education?
Your parents?
The State paid for you
Soviet people
Isn't it time you did them
the favour of saying thank you?
Artists have responsibilities
just like everyone else
What, you think
you're above society?
Go on, tell me
For three years you've only taken
Now you have to give something back
I give back on the stage
Yes, in Moscow, in Leningrad,
you're happy to go there
But what's wrong with Ufa?
Do you look down
on the people?
Your little home town
I give something no one
else can give
Well? Who made you?
Where do you come from?
Who raised you?
How can you be like that?
Why are you looking
so miserable?
You know very well
Everyone knows
I want you to dance
with me, Rudi
At the Kirov, where else?
Did no one tell you?
I've been ordered back home
To Ufa
Forget about that
What are you saying?
I went to Moscow to plead
I'm asking if you want
to join the Kirov
Not in the corps de ballet
Partnering me
A younger man...
... and older woman.
Always a good combination
I'll make you look talented,
you'll make me look young
Shall we try?
Wait. Explain.
What happened?
Somebody spoke
on your behalf
- Who?
- It's not important
Just be grateful
How? How did they do it?
Not by spitting
in anyone's face
Artistic strategy, Rudi
Thank you
Hold my wrist, and
then my hip
Like that
Little closer.
Play please
One, tow, thee, four, and turn
Look, look in my eyes
Carry on, soft elbows, carry on
one, two, thee, four
What happened?
Are you here to ask
stupid questions?
- No.
- Everyone knows what happened
I fell
I fell!
I'm going to get
you out of here
You're going to
leave hospital
You need personal care
They say I won't dance
for two years
They're wrong
And don't look at
me like that
It's impossible
No. We'll do it
We'll live together
until you're well
I'll look after you
Good night
Good night
Give me a hand
Wait for me here
It was bound to happen
Sooner or later
It's not right
You need to do it
Good evening
Join me
You've got to be
fair to me, Rudi
I want to get to
bed earlier
And, what?
You think I bear
down on you?
Doesn't it occur to you? I have
someone bearing down on me
They're all over me
And they are much less
pleasant than I am
Look at it through my eyes
I'm trying
They want to know why
I'm putting up with it
You don't just damage yourself
with your behaviour
You endanger me
Is that it?
It's not
You go out every evening
with this...
Chilean girl
She's a friend
You go and watch
naked girls?
It's fun, Vitaly Dimitrivich
And wealth is fun, is it?
She's going to inherit a
fortune, is that right?
You like that, do you?
You like it
You like the
capitalist life?
You stay out all night
walking with her
We've a lot to talk about
Not just her
Western dancers...
Western intellectuals
Rudi, it's bedtime
They're just as late as I am
Why aren't you talking to them?
Because I'm speaking to you.
You have a record
I'm not interested
in politics
How long will you dance?
How long?
How many years?
How long do you
see yourself dancing?
And you want to travel
abroad in the future,
you want to show the
world what you can do?
This could be your last trip
If we decided to bring
a charge against you
What charge can you bring?
Don't test our ingenuity
This is a formal warning
I'm saying it so that when
we get back to Moscow,
I can say: I gave him
a formal warning
5.15 a.m
May 27th
Tea is ready
We need to get you
some decent clothes
You're a leading
dancer at the Kirov
come on
Good luck!
You see, I told you...
You're right.
The line isn't right
I'm not as good a dancer, but...
even I can do it
The leg should be straighter
And the head should
be higher. Far back
I can do better
That was magnificent!
You've never danced better
Did you feel the injury?
You see I said I would cure you
We can walk home together
Do you think we can do that?
You're only guilty if you choose to be
I don't choose to be
See you at home
Why are you still there?
It's his wife?
Pushkin puts up with it because
he's too weak to say no
You like it, don't you?
Why would I dream
of another world?
The fish for Mademoiselle
And for Monsieur,
the steak
I hope you like them
How can I help?
I'm sorry.
Just give us a moment
What is your problem?
That's ridiculous
No, no, not like that
What did you say?
Are you talking about me?
What's wrong with you?
How dare you?
You're not in
this ballet
You have no
right to be here
Rudi, please
Why are you here?
Konstantin Mikhailovich is
the Senior Ballet Master
with the Kirov
He can attend any
rehearsal he chooses
As it happens I wasn't
speaking about you
But if I want to speak, I will
The work we're doing is difficult
It's far too difficult for you
Rudi, please
You are too old
It's out of your range
You're not good enough
You see that door
Close it. And be on the
other side when you do
Konstantin Mikhailovich,
I apologise
- Go!
- Take no notice
I am not continuing
until you go
That's not how you pack a suitcase.
Here, let me do it
I'll pack my own suitcase!
You're stifling me!
You're killing me!
The two of you!
I was trying to help
I'm home
I don't know what's
been happening,
but there's an atmosphere
Leave it, sweet-pea.
It doesn't matter
You're going to go to
Paris Rudi...
and then you'll
go to London...
and you're going to
be transformed
You have a special talent
but that's going to isolate you
So you have to
fight that isolation
There's no such thing as a human being
who's not dependent on anyone
I'm going out
Today there is a third era
The era of Rudolf Nureyev
I am honoured to present the Nijinsky Prize...
to the brilliant young Soviet dancer,
Rudolf Nureyev
Thank you very much
No, no, not tonight. You're not going out
Excuse me, miss
Why not? I don't understand
Tonight you stay with the group
What's going on?
This is ridiculous, it's my birthday!
Let them have some fun!
Now come on. This isn't funny
Vitaly Dimitrivich, it's our last night in Paris
No, you've had your fun
What are you going to do?
Not good publicity, is it?
Come on, be reasonable,
it's our last night here
No later than two.
And you're in charge of him
Yes, thank you
Thank you
All right, Rudi,
let's go
We're already late.
Time to go
The bus doesn't leave
till the morning
I promised to Strizhevsky
Break your promise
It's up to you
- Good night
- Good night
- Good night
- Good night
Rudi, before you go I just need a word
What is it?
Come over here, I'll tell you
We just got a telegram this morning
Khrushchev wants you to fly back to Moscow
for a special gala
A gala?
Yes, it's a great honour
to perform for the First Secretary
But I'm going to London
Later, later
The new plan is: you'll join the company
later in London
- No. I'm going right now.
- No
You are going to Moscow first
I'm not going to Moscow
Whatever happens,
I'm not going to Moscow
You stay here now. Wait a little with
There's a flight to Moscow in two hours
Are you coming?
No. I'm going to London
Then who is going with me?
Which other dancer?
Who's dancing with me?
You are going to Moscow alone
No I'm not going. I'd rather kill myself
Is there some kind of problem?
Rudi, let's discuss this
I'm going to scream
at the top of my voice
Konstantin, please
make your way to the gate
My mother is ill?!
What is this?
You keep changing the story
First I'm dancing for Khrushchev then
my mother is ill?
No! No! You played this trick before
on other dancers!
They're trying to send me to Moscow,
they're trying to send me to prison
Rudi, are you sure?
- Of course I'm sure. I'm a dead man.
- Rudi, believe me,
- it's better to do what they ask.
- No!
Rudi, you'll be OK,
we'll see you in London
You're never going to see me again!
Rudi, I'm sure it's a misunderstanding.
It's a mistake
It's not a mistake.
They won't let me dance!
Come on, go to the gate
Please, go to the gate
Rudi, I promise you, I'll tell everyone
so they know what's happening
It will be all right
Go to the gate immediately
I've seen what's happening.
Can I help?
Look, I have to stay here
he's safe as long as I'm here
I'll give you a telephone number...
Be discreet...
Tell her to come here
as quickly as possible
I'm sorry, I can't get through
And now I'm too late
I have to leave
- You can't go now!
- I'm sorry
Ring this number,
tell her to come at once
OK, who is it?
Someone who can help
Rudi, take a seat. We have some time.
Don't worry
Clara, I can't leave him here
Airport Police
Office 3
Come in
Has nobody told you?
You have a situation down there
Tell me
There's a Russian dancer down there.
He wants to defect
- A dancer?
- Yes
Who is he?
Rudolf Nureyev.
You've heard of him?
- Rudolf Nureyev?
- Yes
Are you sure he's a dancer?
If he's a scientist this could get difficult
He's not a scientist
How do you know?
I saw him dancing last night.
He didn't dance like a scientist
- Who are you?
- Clara Saint
I'm a personal friend of Andre Malraux
So what do I do?
Will you come down?
Are there any Russian Agents down there?
Yes, he's surrounded
In that case, he's going to have to
surprise them
In this situation, there are laws. We must
obey them. There's a protocol
We are not allowed to approach him
He has to approach us
Excuse me ,I'm from Le Figaro.
Do you know what is happening?
No. I don't know
Two cups of coffee please
That's enough
We are in France here
Step back!
Do you realize what you've done?
The Russians will kill him
One moment
Very well. I made a mistake
I've re-booked you
You just want to dance,
that's what you say
You're on the next flight to London
Rudi, you'll join the company in London
I think I've got to know you
in the last few weeks
I understand you
A little bit
And I like you
I know where you've come from
how hard you've struggled
I know how much you love your mother.
Your family
Can you look your mother in the eyes...
and tell her...
I betrayed you
I betrayed the Soviet Union?
Your family will become pariahs
You won't just destroy your own life
I know that
Leave the Soviet Union now
and you will spend your whole life in disgrace
You'll never get back.
Never see your home again
Never return home
An hour ago, you made a mistake.
In panic
I'm offering you the chance to put it right
Think about it
Think about it
If he decides to stay,
I'll need you
There's a lot of press down there,
you'll have to deal with them
- Does he have somewhere to live?
- I can find somewhere
I know people who will take him
You'll need more than one place
move him every 48 hrs
Look how dirty you are
You have to wash your hands
And paste down your hair
How you look is very important
Go and change over there
Now please
you have to leave
He has to do this alone
Is this Romeo and Juliet?
Is he staying for love?
What? Were you dropped on your head?
Where is he now?
Is he still in the building?
He'll be tried for treason in his absence
I'm very ashamed
I'm ashamed of Nureyev
I'm ashamed of myself
All right?
His suitcase came back
I'll get supper
Hello, darling
You're all over the papers
You're famous
Any regrets?
Has he called you?
Is he going to call you?
He hasn't yet? Why not?
Because that's not who he is
Good morning