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Bolero (1934)

 -  Drama  -  23 February 1934 (USA)
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This is the story of an egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, his determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him, a dancing ... See full summary »

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Helen Hathaway
Sally Rand ...
Annette
Frances Drake ...
Leona
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Mike DeBaere
Gertrude Michael ...
Lady D'Argon
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Lord Robert Coray (as Raymond Milland)
Gloria Shea ...
Lucy
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This is the story of an egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, his determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him, a dancing partner named Helen. (The highlight of the film is a dance performed atop a circular stage to a truncated version of Ravel's "Bolero.") Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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He rose to fame on a ladder of dancing ladies! See more »

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Carole Lombard replaced Miriam Hopkins. See more »

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Raoul De Baere: I'm too good for this joint.
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Clair de Lune
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Written by Claude Debussy
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Much better than I expected
11 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is really quite a remarkable movie, folks, and one that I strongly urge you to see.

Why? Because of the dancing? Not so much. But because Raft and Lombard give two very fine performances here, and have real chemistry. (Could it have been hard to have chemistry with Lombard????) The script is more than just the series of clichés one might expect, and the characters have real complexity.

And then there is Sally Rand's fan dance. It is truly very beautiful to watch. There isn't much to the rest of her role, but her 3 minutes dancing are more than worth the price of admission.

This is, in a sense, the original "Dirty Dancing". And it's a great predecessor to that other movie. Before Astaire and Rodgers, and the Hayes Office, we see what dancing could also be used to suggest, and it's quite exciting.


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