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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
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Mike DeBaere
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Lady D'Argon
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Gloria Shea ...
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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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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Mike DeBaere: [to the fan dancer] Did you ever think about doing that dance with one fan?
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Boléro
Written by Maurice Ravel
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Pre-Code Dandy
30 August 2011 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I love this film.....not so much for the story which is pretty basic but for a two minute dance between George Raft, the ultimate gigolo and a young Carole Lombard. The use of Ravel's Bolero has been used many times from the ghastly Bo Derek film of the same name to the beautiful 1984 Olympic Gold Medal winning ice dance by Torvil and Dean. But this is the grandaddy of them all and it is sexy beyond belief. Granted, dance doubles were used in the long shots for the difficult lifts but it is very well done and there is enough of Raft and Lombard to retain authenticity. Raft was a dancer in another life so he had the moves and if Lombard was not a dancer, she does a damn good imitation. The plot of the film has been discussed in detail by the other reviewers so I will just call attention to the dance sequence which makes it all worthwhile.


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