Music: Ballet on Film

Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet has been a favorite of Russian audiences ever since it was premiered at Leningrad's Kirov Theater in 1940. It has plenty of pageantry, a familiar, heart-wrenching plot sufficiently removed from the realities of the Socialist state to be acceptable on all levels, and a fat part for Russia's legendary Prima Ballerina Galina Ulanova, now 46. The Russians, well aware that the

West yearns for a good look at Ulanova, have trimmed and tailored Prokofiev's work into a 96-minute color film. The Ballet of Romeo and Juliet. This week the film, the first feature-length movie of an...