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A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The extended version of Ray Bolger's dance routine from "The Wizard of Oz" was first presented here. See more »

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Tom, Dick or Harry
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Ann Miller
Danced by Ann Miller, Tommy Rall, Bobby Van and Bob Fosse from the film Kiss Me Kate (1953)
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great scenes, but not well-presented
28 November 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'That's Dancing' followed the first two instalments of 'That's Entertainment', but this time opens the net a bit wider to include material recorded elsewhere than MGM. Using the definition of dance at its widest, we get some really early stuff, a section on ballet (fascinating, but Baryshnikov was not the greatest communicator in the world as a presenter and it is a shame he fronts this segment), and finish up to date with the disco fever of John Travolta and moon-walking of Michael Jackson.

Along the way you'll see most of the usual suspects - 42nd Street, Fred and Ginger, Gene, and many more. But they are cobbled together with no rhyme or reason, and, as in the second 'That's Entertainment' in particular, the presenters talk over many of the clips. Better to let us see and admire without commentary. Recommended for musical fans and curious dance aficionados (but those looking for modern dance need really to look elsewhere).


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