The history of dance depicted on film.

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Cast

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'West Side Story' dancer
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Eliot Feld ...
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Bert Michaels ...
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David Bean ...
'West Side Story' dancer
Robert Banas ...
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Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ...
'West Side Story' dancer (as Scooter Teague)
Harvey Evans ...
'West Side Story' dancer (as Harvey Hohnecker)
Tommy Abbott ...
'West Side Story' dancer
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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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18 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Trivia

A multitude of well-known players, such as Ann-Margret, Joan Crawford, Betty Grable, Cary Grant, Jack Haley, June Haver and Gene Nelson, James Stewart, Joan McCracken, Esther Williams, Frank Sinatra, Tarita, Taina Elg, José Iturbi, Doris Day, Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Marge Champion, Gower Champion and the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) dancers, appear only in brief film clips behind the opening credits, and nowhere else in the film, leading one to believe that a great deal of footage intended to be included never made the final cut. See more »

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Gene Kelly: Berkeley began to take the camera places it had never been. To see through it's lens, wonders only he could conceive. His overhead shots became his trademark. Rather than choreograph his dancers, Berkeley maneuvered them, placing them in geometric patterns that unfolded as if seen through the whirl of the largest kaleidoscope.
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Features West Side Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Down Argentina Way
Music by Harry Warren
Danced by The Nicholas Brothers from the film Down Argentine Way (1940)
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a great history of dancing in the movies!
4 April 2000 | by (colorado springs, colorado) – See all my reviews

this film is a must see for lovers of musicals. It's amazing how far film has come in such a short time. Great scenes from the best of the MGM musicals with narration from some of the greatest stars of those movies. Very informative and gives you a good overview of how the times affected the types of movies that were made. Wonderful music! Incredible dancing! Great fun!


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