Talk about The Evolution of Movie Dance (1921-present)

Hello Chicago Film Lovers,

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:30 PM at Argo Tea we will talk about The Evolution of Movie Dance. The above video and CFLX member Arn's discussion question below will get us started:

Do you think it accurate to say that movie dance has "evolved?" A short history of movie dance would be more fitting, I think. 2d, as a published popular music (pm) scholar--& teacher--I can use this video to show how, after the breakout of Elvis, two pm genres competed for screen time--rock 'n' roll (& its allied genres, such as "soul" [BLUES BROTHERS]) & not rock 'n' roll (Broadway). I don't see evolution; I see, for the past 50+ years competition. Comments?

Later this month we will be talking about the Awesomeness of the Aussieness (4/23) which goes very well with our Evolution of Movie Dance discussion (Baz Luhrmann's "Strictly Ballroom" (1992) and Stephan Elliott's "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994).  If you feel like dancing during this meetup, I won't stop you :). See you then!

Your proud to be organizer,


Try to see as many films as you can on this LetterboxD movie dance list prior to the meetup, if I forgot some major ones, please let me know!:

Some of these videos I will be showing at the meetup:

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  • Al

    Sorry I missed the Meetup - I was going to suggest adding to the playlist THE WORST DANCING OF ALL TIME:

    WARNING: could induce blindness (especially when he starts jumping like a bullfrog)

    1 · April 11, 2014

  • Rebecca M.

    All I have to say is last night was magical, in a dance/musical way :). Glad we could all share that together last night and agree that Gene Kelly rocks!

    April 10, 2014

  • Rebecca M.

    Movie Dance Playlist to prepare for tonight's The Evolution of Movie Dance meetup, I will be playing some of these videos:

    April 9, 2014

  • Nancy B

    Some of my favorites: -- Assassination Tango, 2002, with Robert Duvall

    -- Carlos Saura's beautiful flamenco trilogy: Blood Wedding, 1981; Carmen, 1983; and El Amor Brujo, 1986. They are dance films with minimal plot. -- Zoot Suit, 1981, Luis Valdez, director. Film about the Mexican pachucos in LA in the 1940s.

    1 · March 28, 2014

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