By Beth Genn?

Dance Me a Song lines the background of well-known Hollywood collaborations because the palimpsest of dance, movie, and musical recommendations have been constructed through the years. writer Beth Genn? attracts at the such a lot famous and influential musical dances of the 1st 1/2 the century, from the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' sequence within the thirties (Top Hat, Swing Time, lets Dance, and others), in the course of the MGM movie dances created and directed by way of Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and back Astaire, whose profession persevered at MGM within the forties and fifties (Yolanda and The Thief, The Pirate, in town, Singin' within the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Bandwagon). George Balanchine, she argues, additionally performs a massive half during this tale, from his in the past unrecognized collaborations with Vernon Duke and Vincente Minnelli to advance the "jazz ballet" shape on Broadway (The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and his choreography for On Your Toes, 1936), to the 1939 movie model of On Your Toes and the dance sequences he directed with Greg Toland for the Hollywood motion picture The Goldwyn Follies (1938). Busby Berkeley, whose relocating digital camera suggestions in line with Gene Kelly "broke down the proscenium body of the degree" for American dancers, kinds a key a part of the image, as do early experimental French administrators like Ren? Clair and ecu immigrants to Hollywood Ernst Lubitsch and Rouben Mamoulian. Dance Me a Song presents vigorous and precious scholarship for all dance enthusiasts.

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