The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous and popular ballets performed today. Most of us recognize Tchaikovsky's score--or at least "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy"--even if some of those numbers get confused with animated dancing mushrooms from the Fantasia movie. But beyond the simple, joyful entertainment this ballet delivers is a convoluted and interesting history that has little resemblance to the story most of us know.
Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by David Grann, the film seems like a cross between an Indiana Jones movie and a Joseph Conrad novel—one where the world seems full of possibilities, rather than limitations.
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