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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 <email@example.com>
The film came under fire for its curious lack of pacing, which can be attributed largely to Jack Haley, Jr.'s decision to utilize only five celebrity hosts to cover nearly one hundred years of dance history. Whereas he had delegated one narrator per theme in That's Entertainment! (1974), Haley inexplicably doubled up three of his five hosts in this sequel. Mikhail Baryshnikov is called upon to toast the world of ballet and Liza Minnelli celebrates the best of Broadway, while Gene Kelly narrates two segments, one exploring the early history of dance, and the other looking toward the future. Similarly, Sammy Davis, Jr. presents the ballroom duets of Astaire and Rogers in addition to the work of pioneering individualists such as Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Eleanor Powell and The Nicholas Brothers, while Ray Bolger unfolds the starry roster at MGM, followed by a section celebrating the later work of Astaire and Kelly. It is generally believed that the film would have flowed more fluidly had Haley spread the wealth of material between eight hosts. See more »
In 1983, film dancing entered a new era. Music videos began to play on television and in motion picture theaters, offering audiences a stylized and exhilarating form of dancing on the screen. The most innovative and certainly the most successful exponent of this new medium is a young and gifted composer, singer, dancer and choreographer, who obviously will be leading the way for some time to come: Michael Jackson.
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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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