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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Movie magic!

So on Sunday Drew and I caught "Kiss Me Kate" on TNT. We both love old movie musicals, and this movie -- with music by Cole Porter, starring Howard Keel, Kathyrn Grayson and Ann Miller -- was just what we were looking for. We'd both seen it before, of course, but it's one of those films you can watch more than once.


So Drew tells me that the reason the actors throw things at the camera -- it was shot in 3D, but by the time it was released in 1953 the fad was over, and the film was released in 2D.

And then we find another interesting bit of trivia. The movie was choreographed by Hermes Pan, BUT ...there's a young dancer in the cast named Bob Fosse, an up and comer in a featured role. Towards the end of the movie, there's a 68 second dance sequence where Fosse dances with another rising star, Carol Haney. For 68 seconds Fosse and Haney are the only dancers on the screen. Pan didn't choreograph that sequence, Fosse did. The whole style of the dance is very different from the rest of the movie, so very much the distinct style that Fosse would later make famous.

When the sequence came up, we were transfixed.



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