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June 24, 1988|LEWIS SEGAL | Recent releases, reviewed by Times critics

**** "Gaite Parisienne."

VAI. $39.95.

For 10 years, starting in 1944, Victor Jessen sat in the audience at performances by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, making unauthorized home movies of Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin and Leon Danielian in Leonide Massine's "Gaite Parisienne." Jessen then pieced together his black-and-white shots (each no longer than 30 seconds), synchronizing them to a bootleg recording he made of the company orchestra. The result: 38 enchanting minutes of contraband nostalgia that capture the style and heart of Massine's frothy caractere classic infinitely better than the distorted new production by American Ballet Theatre. Information: (800) 338-2566.

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