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>
Gwen Verdon's galvanic "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets," from Damn Yankees (1958), was deleted from the release print to make room for the inferior "Red Blues" from Silk Stockings (1957), as the production team could find no other spot to include a sequence by the legendary Cyd Charisse. In retrospect, this decision was especially lamentable, as the Verdon number was a rare example of a bona fide Broadway showstopper faithfully recreated on screen by its original choreographer, Bob Fosse, performed by the same artist who dazzled audiences on the Great White Way. At the time, it was felt that the number was expendable because it was immediately followed by another Fosse sequence from Sweet Charity (1969). See more »
They say dancing is as old as love. Stepping. Swaying. Turning. Bodies moving in rhythm. Alone, with others. That's dancing!
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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.
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