Three Broadway producers struggling to get backing for their show hope one's sudden inheritance of a half interest in a Parisian fashion house is the answer. They travel to Paris only to learn the salon is in debt and requires their help.
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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>
Tony Thomas' lavish companion piece, also called "That's Dancing!" and published to coincide with the film's release, is an indispensible resource for those attempting to gather clues as to what glories were left behind in the assembling process. In one instance, Thomas writes that "in putting together the ballet segments of That's Dancing! (1985), co-producers Jack Haley, Jr. and David Niven, Jr. chose one that was beautifully obvious: Tamara Toumanova's impression of the great Anna Pavlova's most famous dance, "The Swan," re-created in Tonight We Sing (1953), with Leo Mostovoy as her partner." In fact, this sequence does not appear in the release print. Rather, Haley and Niven ended up using footage of another Toumanova sequence, "Don Quixote," from the same film. See more »
Sammy Davis, Jr.:
The Nicholas Brothers. During the 30s and the 40s, they became the most successful speciality team in movie history. Fayard and Harold Nicholas raised the flash act to new heights of elegance.
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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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