Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dance, Girl, Dance

Dorothy Arzner's Dance, Girl, Dance is a different entry from Hollywood's Golden Age. Released the same year as The Grapes of Wrath and The Philadelphia Story, the film was viewed from a different perspective: the feminist perspective.

The film stars Maureen O'Hara and Lucille Ball as dancers Lucy O'Brien and Bubbles. Both women like dancing, but different types of the art. Judy prefers ballet whereas Bubbles rather do burlesque.

Judy doesn't exactly love her job as a chorus girl. She only does it as a means of getting by. To be honest, she hates being a puppet whose only purpose is to make men ogle. She rather leave people speechless from her talent, not her body.

Bubbles on the other hand loves all of the leers she gets when the spotlight's on her. She could care less at the fact that she's exploiting herself amid complete strangers. She just craves the attention.

Dance, Girl, Dance is quite good, though tints of the standard Old Hollywood film can be seen towards the end. O'Hara and Ball are really good, but Ball practically steals the show. The fact that Arzner made a film like this shows there's some hope for women directors.

My Rating: ****1/2


  1. I really love this movie. That scene of Lucille Ball doing the hula is one of the strangest and sexiest things ever--that is no Lucy Ricardo right there!! Thanks for your review!


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