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DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

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DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

Part of Fifty Cents for Your Soul: Women and the Showbiz Boys' Club.

Ballet meets burlesque when two dancers, demure Maureen O'Hara and genius of “oomph” Lucille Ball, strive to preserve their integrity while making a living on their own terms. Through the career maneuvering of O'Hara and Ball, the film explores the boundaries of high and low art, the male audience's objectification of women, and the decisions facing women who put a career over love. Despite box office and critical failure, the film has been reconsidered as a feminist gem and was noted by the Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and a “meditation on the disparity between art and commerce." DANCE, GIRL, DANCE is the penultimate film by Dorothy Arzner—the first woman to direct a sound film, the only American female director working in the 1930s, and the inventor of the boom microphone.

 

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