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May 05, 1987|LEWIS SEGAL | Compiled by Terry Atkinson

"Napoli." Home Vision. $39.95. Nobody dances the ballets of August Bournonville with quite the elegance, buoyancy and warmth of the Royal Danish Ballet. Taped in Copenhagen, this 1986 performance of Bournonville's 1842 three-act classic about the love and faith of a young fisherman comes close to being definitive. Certainly the dancing (led by the noble Arne Villumsen and the vibrant Linda Hindberg) achieves state-of-the-art zest and brilliance. Unfortunately, TV director Preben Montell overemphasizes the ballet's comic pantomime by endless close-ups of subsidiary characters, losing the action (and sometimes dancing) occurring elsewhere on stage. Information: (800) 262-8600. *** 1/2

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