Hermes Pan began choreographing Hollywood musicals in 1933, when his long-standing collaboration with Fred Astaire began. For over three decades he was the man who made the stars dance - Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Shirley MacLaine and many others. Assimilating elements from the multitude of cultures that co-existed around him, Pan created a style of dance that was truly American. In this programme, Pan introduces a dance extravaganza which takes viewers back to the days when the musical was all the rage, with extracts from “My Gal Sal”, with Rita Hayworth and Hermes Pan himself; “Royal Wedding”, with Fred Astaire; “Kiss Me Kate”, with Bob Fosse, Ann Miller and Carol Haney; “Sombrero”, with Cyd Charisse; PalRead more Joey, with Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak; “Silk Stockings”, with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse; “Excuse My Dust”, with Sally Forrest; “Three Little Words”, with Fred Astaire and Vera Allen; and the scene from Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra”, starring Elizabeth Taylor, when she makes her entry into Rome. This is the last programme made with Pan before his death in 1990 and is a fascinating combination of irresistible archive film of the best of Hollywood’s dancers, and the unique viewpoint of one of cinema’s greatest choreographers. Read less
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not a good investmentFebruary 20, 2014By Paul Alter (Wilkinsburg, PA)See All My Reviews"I may get some facts wrong in this review; I've only watched "Dance Crazy" once, and that's enough. As far as I remember, there are no complete dance routines on this disc -- only snippets of routines and those snippets -- I suspect -- were assembled from out takes. (If you listen to the musical track, you will hear noises that certainly would not have been permitted to trickle thru to the release prints.) The dance segments appear now and again as Hermes Pan reminisces, but are not always relevant to what he is saying at that particular time. Pan certainly played an important role in the development of dance on film, but most of what he says could have been covered in a page or two of program notes: Eleanor Powell was the best female dancer in film, Rita Hayworth was a nice person and a hard worker, and so forth. I expected more. Maybe I can pass on my copy to somebody as a birthday or Christmas present."Report Abuse
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