La Mort Du Cygne (1937)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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As its title indicates, La Morte du Cygne (The Dying Swan) is set in the special world of the ballet. Young dance student Janine Charrat idolizes her teacher-role-model Yvette Chauvire, and will do anything to help Chauvire further herself. Thus, when rival ballerina Mia Slavenska lands a much-coveted role, Charrat arranges an accident causing Slavenska to break her leg. The girl comes to regret her rash behavior when it appears as though Slavenska will never dance again. Also known as Ballerina, La Morte du Cygne was remade by MGM as The Unfinished Dance (1947), minus the lesbian subtext of the original.