The White Crow

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The White Crow
The White Crow film poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRalph Fiennes
Produced byCarolyn Marks Blackwood
François Ivernel
Andrew Levitas
Gabrielle Tana
Ralph Fiennes
Screenplay byDavid Hare
Based onRudolf Nureyev: The Life
by Julie Kavanagh
StarringOleg Ivenko
Adèle Exarchopoulos
Chulpan Khamatova
Ralph Fiennes
Alexey Morozov
Raphaël Personnaz
Olivier Rabourdin
Ravshana Kurkova
Louis Hofmann
Sergei Polunin
Maksimilian Grigoriyev
Music byIlan Eshkeri
CinematographyMike Eley
BBC Films
HanWay Films
Metalwork Pictures
Lonely Dragon
Magnolia Mae Films
Montebello Productions
Work in Progress
Globus Films
Distributed byStudioCanal UK
Release date
Running time
127 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
France, Serbia
LanguageEnglish, Russian, French
Box officeUS$7.3 million

The White Crow is a 2018 British film written by David Hare and directed by Ralph Fiennes. It stars Oleg Ivenko as the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, chronicles his life and dance career.[1]

It is inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh. The title is a reference to his childhood moniker of white crow (with a somewhat similar meaning to "black sheep" in English), because he was unusual.[2]

Principal photography was completed in October 2017.[1] It premiered at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival.[3]



Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a positive rating of 68% based on 103 reviews, with an average rating of 6.38/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The White Crow lacks the nimble grace of its subject, but as a reasonably diverting primer on a pivotal period in the life of a brilliant artist, it just about sticks the landing."[4] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, gives the film a normalized score of 54 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Shooting Wraps On Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow - Filmoria". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ Roache, Madeline (26 April 2019). "The True Story Behind the Rudolf Nureyev Movie The White Crow". Time. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ Erbland, Kate (2018-08-30). "Telluride Reveals 2018 Full Lineup: 'Destroyer,' 'White Boy Rick,' and 'The Old Man & the Gun' Set for World Premieres". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  4. ^ "The White Crow (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "The White Crow". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 20, 2019.

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