Invitation to the Dance (Hollywood Version)
Dance may be working its way back into film after a decline that started for the movie musical in the 1950's. The success of the film version of "Chicago," due out on video on Aug. 19, may serve to reinvigorate the genre. And there is already considerable buzz about Robert Altman's "Company," a backstage ballet film scheduled to open in December, with remakes following next year of "Dirty Dancing" (set in Cuba under the title "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"), and "Shall We Dance?," in which Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez play the shy businessman and the beautiful ballroom dance teacher of the 1997 Japanese film. That film — not to be confused with the 1937 Astaire-Rogers musical of the same name — is about dancing and establishes the woman as the traditional concert-dance muse the man encounters on his voyage of self-discovery. Fred needs his Ginger here.