Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past.
Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »
On a train trip West to become a mail order bride Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide ... See full summary »
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 <email@example.com>
Tony Thomas' lavish companion piece, also called "That's Dancing!" and published to coincide with the film's release, is an indispensible resource for those attempting to gather clues as to what glories were left behind in the assembling process. In one instance, Thomas writes that "in putting together the ballet segments of That's Dancing! (1985), co-producers Jack Haley, Jr. and David Niven, Jr. chose one that was beautifully obvious: Tamara Toumanova's impression of the great Anna Pavlova's most famous dance, "The Swan," re-created in Tonight We Sing (1953), with Leo Mostovoy as her partner." In fact, this sequence does not appear in the release print. Rather, Haley and Niven ended up using footage of another Toumanova sequence, "Don Quixote," from the same film. See more »
To save the movie musical, something drastic, something daring had to be done. One man seemed to have all the answers. He was a successful Broadway dance director who came to Hollywood and immediately laid down his own rules. "My girls must be beautiful and shapely," he insisted. "And I want close-ups. Lots of close-ups of those lovely faces." His name was Busby Berkeley and his arrival meant the movie musical would never look the same again.
See more »
I can't add a whole lot of critical commentary to what's already written here, so let me say why I enjoyed this film. Would have gotten 10 stars if there hadn't been a lot of stupid narration. After you hear Liza Minelli's monologue, you'll know how she got her career; born to the right people.
Anyhoo . . . FANTASTIC dancing, and great clips, even if as others have said they are not necessarily the best of the performers. I was born in 48 so a lot of this was news to me. Shirley Temple dancing with her black partner (Bo Jangles somebody) alone was worth the price of admission. An interview with Busby Berkeley on set. Anne Miller doing her thing (remember her from Mulholland Drive?) A clip from the Wizard of Oz, which was edited out, of Ray Bolger dancing up a storm. On and on.
These people don't dance . . . they float, they fly, they defy gravity and all of Newton's laws. It's a sight to behold. Fred Astaire didn't have legs, he had springs. Some people did walk out of the theatre after a few minutes, but I'll tell you, I sat there with my mouth hanging open most of this flick.
8 of 12 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this