Explorations of Russian ballet and government, and Jimi Hendrix performing at a gigantic outdoor music festival, make for art-house cinema films for this week.

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“The White Crow”: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the west in 1961. That story is told in this drama directed by Ralph Fiennes.

“Meeting Gorbachev”: Documentary filmmaking legend Werner Herzog profiles Mikhail Gorbachev, the final president of the Soviet Union. At a 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, screening, University of Tulsa political science professor Robert H. Donaldson will introduce the film and take part in a Q-and-A afterward.

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”: This is not your grandparent’s Eugene O’Neill story; this is a Chinese mystery that is generating buzz because it features a 59-minute tracking shot. Seriously.

“Jimi Hendrix/Electric Church”: This music documentary looks at the remarkable Atlanta Pop Festival held July 4, 1970, when Hendrix and others performed before a crowd of about 300,000 people. Screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

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Michael writes movie reviews and features, interviews Oklahoma performers and covers entertainment events for the Scene and Weekend sections of the Tulsa World. Phone: 918-581-8479