"Bootmen", "Mad About Mambo", etc.
Posted 14 March 2003 - 02:15 PM
Andy Garcia, of "Coyote Ugly" fame (another non-ballet, "dance" story), stars as an Australian steelworker, who is addicted to tap dancing. Dad is opposed to his dancing (info trailer calls this "Billy Elliott meets the Full Monty"), but Andy goes to Sydney to dance in a show, loses temper, loses job in show, comes back to steel mill. Steel mill is to be closed, tap dancers (using steel toed boots, hence the name) do a benefit (in the steel mill -- great props!!) to raise funds for workers' families. Dad loves son, approves of tap dancing ... everyone's happy.
"Mad About Mambo"
West Dublin, North Ireland. Catholic boy, desperate to be a footballer (soccer for Americans), takes up Latin dancing, because his hero footballer, from South America, says Latin rhythm helps his football. Oh, BTW, gorgeous female also involved in dancing as her passion ... female's dad happens to be only Catholic on Board of Directors of football team (how long do you think it took to come up with this plot?)... boy meets girl, boy and girl partner for dance competition, boy messes up, girl hates boy, boy gets inspired ... last scene is boy and girl dancing as the half time entertainment at dad's football match, fulfilling girl's dream to be on a stage and accomplish something without dad's help.
Other recent "dance" films: "Center Stage" (this IS about ballet), "Save the Last Dance" ... and, of course, "Billy Elliott".
Question: what is it about the passion for dance (of any type) and the struggle of dancers to succeed that inspires such intense study by film makers (quality of film aside)?
Posted 14 March 2003 - 02:48 PM
Not to mention "The Turning Point," "White Nights."
I think part of might be that it IS one of the successors to movie musicals. Is this a market need? Or that there are people in Hollywood (or Greater Hollywood) that are geared to this -- the filming of it, editing of it, as much as personal taste -- and continue to make them?
One doesn't sense The Public clamoring for yet another dance movie.
Posted 14 March 2003 - 03:31 PM
I think any form as visually striking as dance is going to attract filmmakers in one way or another. From a commercial point of view, dancing is also a way of showcasing popular music forms for film purposes, as in the manner of "Saturday Night Fever" and "Save the Last Dance." The success of "Chicago," a project which was by no means regarded as a sure thing, may indicate that there is an audience appetite for singing and dancing that isn't being satisfied. (And "8 Mile," too.)
Another factor is the advent of a Star. Nureyev and Baryshnikov were both the inspiration for film projects, although only the latter really succeeded.
Posted 14 March 2003 - 03:34 PM
Posted 14 March 2003 - 04:16 PM
Not sure what she was ethnically, but she and her family definitely were "the other". If it was a European film they would have been gypsies.
Lots of ballroom dancing sequences, plus jazz dance and some ethnic/undefinable (at least by me) dance.
John "Cha Cha" O'Connell was choreographer for "Moulin Rouge", "Romeo + Juliet" and "Strictly Ballroom".
Posted 14 March 2003 - 04:57 PM
Posted 17 March 2003 - 07:25 AM
But if I try to think of other "sports" or "arts" in film, there is nothing like the richness of this dance collection. I recall one with a male hockey player and a female ice skater (perhaps it's not different, just dance on ice!!) ... love and competition. But football, soccer, basketball, baseball ... the list of films, especially in which both the male and female are involved in the sport/art, is very short. Is it perhaps because in dance, either lead can be the hero or demonstrate the effort involved? Is is because it is the only event in which both can excel and in which both MUST excel for the pair to be successful artistically?
On a related note (dance and musicals) ... right now, the London stage has Grease, Fame, Chicago, The Full Monty (well, that's dance -- sorta!!!), My Fair Lady, Lion King, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ... the musical is definitely alive and well!!
Posted 17 March 2003 - 08:12 AM
Bilbobaggins, I think the one you're thinking of is Shall We Dance. Great movie. I heard somewhere that they are thinking of doing an English remake. I forget who was supposed to star in it...
Posted 17 March 2003 - 08:37 AM
Posted 17 March 2003 - 09:54 AM
it would be very interesting to see how different the film might become!!
Interesting to say the least. The car chases, explosions, obvious product placement and MTV-type editing necessary to Americanize "Shall We Dance" would make it a very different movie.
Posted 17 March 2003 - 10:17 AM
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Posted 18 March 2003 - 02:32 PM
The remake of "Shall We Dance" ... due for release in 2004, starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez (not yet signed, but apparently almost ...); director Peter Chelsom; screenwriter Audrey Wells; studio Miramax. No mention of the choreographer (that tells you how important the dancing will be ) ... although Gere sang and danced in the film version of Chicago.
I wonder if it will be more like "Pretty Woman" or "The Wedding Planner". Either way, it's unlikely to be very much like "Shall We Dance". ...
Filming due to start in June.
Posted 19 March 2003 - 07:01 AM
With a star like Jennifer Lopez, there's no way that it will stay true to the original. It'll be interesting to see how it turns out. I'm also picturing a "Wedding Planner"-type romantic comedy.
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