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Director: Carroll Ballard
Starring: Vanessa Sharp, Hugh Bigney, Patricia Barker
Year: 1986

As the holiday season winds up, I wanted to visit one of my favorite traditions, The Nutcracker, a marvelous ballet whose music always gets me in the Christmas spirit. I’ve seen it done on stage, I’ve danced around my living room to cassette tape, and I’m ready to watch the twisted Disney version when it comes out, but I’ve never experienced the classic on screen, nor have I ever seen it done quite this way before. This 80s take is as strange as it is beautiful, an artistic interpretation that won’t fail to surprise, while also bringing to life the expected wonder of the story, a tale that never ages out of enjoyment.

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By Max Schindler