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That's Dancing! (1985)

The history of dance depicted on film.

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'West Side Story' dancer
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Bert Michaels ...
'West Side Story' dancer
David Bean ...
'West Side Story' dancer
Robert Banas ...
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'West Side Story' dancer (as Scooter Teague)
Harvey Evans ...
'West Side Story' dancer (as Harvey Hohnecker)
Tommy Abbott ...
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,506,802 (USA) (20 January 1985)

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$4,210,938 (USA)
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Trivia

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

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Gene Kelly: Among film historians, the early sound musicals are known affectionately as - the stone age of movie dancing. The chorus girls seemed to have spent more time at the dinner table than in a rehearsal hall. And the choreography was usually second rate.
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References Down Argentine Way (1940) See more »

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Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Tucker Smith, Russ Tamblyn, Bert Michaels and others from the film West Side Story (1961)
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Great clips, poor presentation.
12 September 2004 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

When voting for this film, it is necessary to distinguish between the wonderful clips, which are the work of others, and the way in which they are presented, which is the work of the producer and director of "That's Dancing".

The majority of clips are excellent, although they do not always represent the stars' best work, presumably because certain excerpts had been used before or were not available for copyright or other reasons. For example the Nicholas Brothers' routine in "Orchestra Wives" is infinitely better than their appearance here.

The same cannot be said for the presentation. One expects to have to watch various presenters spouting a certain amount of bland dialogue, but do they really have to keep up the commentaries during the dances? Some are fairly unintrusive, but others, such as the one which punctuates "42nd Street", completely ruin the routines.

Film clips - 9, presentation -4.


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