I think one must include Michael Powell's "Red Shoes"
as it was a breakthrough in terms of the integration
of film and dance (ballet especially)and opened
the door to a flood of dance film with its huge
box office success.
Other musts I think would be "On the Town" which was
adapted from Jerome Robbins' ballet "Fancy Free." If one
could find the film of "On Your Toes", Balanchine choreographed
this. Also, West Side Story and The Turning Point.
Sally Potter's film is called "The Tango Lesson" and Solanas'
film "Tangos: The Exile of Gardel" although available through
Facets is quite expensive to rent.
Department of Legal Studies
University of Massachusetts Amherst
>"I'm interested in exploring the gradual integration of movies with
>dance. Clearly, feature films like The Gold Diggers of 1933, Invitation
>to the Dance, and Swing Time should be included. But I need a little
>help with some other choices. I'd like the films to range
>internationally, if possible, and show development of the marriage of
>camera and human movement. That might mean bringing in some Maya Deren
>(say, one evening of experimental works), even some influential
>I thought Bollywood would be another place to look at. Any other
>suggestions? She's not a list member, but I can forward her the
>Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
>University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu
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