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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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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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Title Card: This film is dedicated to all the dancers... especially those who devoted their lives to the development of their art long before there was a motion picture camera.
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Connections

Features Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

You Should Be Dancing
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Sung by The Bee Gees
Danced by John Travolta from the film Saturday Night Fever (1977)
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1 August 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Being a dancer, well, former dancer, I loved seeing this film when it originally came out. Felt it was a little short and still concentrated heavily on MGM. Not wanting to take out the fact that MGM WAS the greatest producer of musicals in Hollywood, but there were some others just as good and memorable from other studios. Glad it is now on DVD, and watching the extras (very poorly put together BTW)I can see that in it's original form, this film would have rated a 10 from me. Kelly says that the film originally ran well over 2 hours and is now down to just over 90 minutes. There must have also been problems in securing rights from different studios, as a lot seem to be poorly represented (20th) or not at all (Columbia). My only other complaint, and would have given more time for others, is that they almost show the entire number to represent a dancer or film. Some of the clips in That's Entertainment we a little too short, but there could have been a happy medium. I would have given up looking at the Jets for that length of time if I could have seen other BDWY to HWYD transfers as Hello, Dolly! / Mame / Grease / Guys and Dolls and especially a rarely seen film like Where's Charlie? But all in all, when the music stops and the dance is over, the fiddler has been paid and the memories linger.


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