Donald O'Connor dies
Posted 27 September 2003 - 05:25 PM
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:51 PM
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:56 PM
well, this is no time to be comparing one dancer to another, it's just the truth, that i n SInging in hte Rain, when the three of htem are dancing together, it's O'Connor I'm always watching --
He was so graceful, playful, heavenly, the way he danced. Everybody else is working so hard, he's playing. It really made me happy, such joyful dancing. A lovely, lovely spirit.
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:01 PM
Posted 27 September 2003 - 08:55 PM
I loved Singin' in the Rain. It was the first movie of his I had seen. I was amazed by his talent and I quickly became a big fan. He just seemed like a wonderful person as well as a great dancer. He most definately is my favorite tapper.
It is such a huge loss for him to be gone.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 10:34 AM
I also find myself watching O'Connor instead of Kelly (same thing happened to me when he danced with the Nicholas Brothers in "The Pirate" but then any dancer who appeared next to Harold and Fayard at their peak did so at his peril.....).
Posted 01 February 2004 - 04:46 PM
Posted 01 February 2004 - 04:59 PM
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Posted 02 February 2004 - 10:10 AM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 08:43 PM
I agree with you djb, "he did that style well" is an excellent way to put it. (And while I'm at it, I wish Hollywood had considered Ray Bolger handsome enough to have given us HIM as Balanchine's hoofer in Slaughte on 10th Avenue" instead of Eddie Albert, for Balanchine himself praised Bolger's dancing to the skies.)
I also find O'Connor's style classical -- in the same way the the Nicholas Brothers' were classical, the movement is measured, the economy of it is pleasing, and it's done for its own sake, it's not the function of an expressionist or exhibitionist agenda --
I really enjoyed reading the interview -- check it out.
Posted 04 February 2004 - 09:14 AM
and as a journalist myself, I also have to say I just love how unguarded and often more interesting public figures can be in "small" situtations, even when they know it's for publication. But with the Internet making so much more available today, I wonder if that will change the dynamics. I hope not!
Posted 04 February 2004 - 03:15 PM
Another movie in which Donald O'Connor did some very elegant dancing was "Anything Goes," with Mitzi Gaynor. I don't know whether it's commercially available.
Here's a very informative website about Donald O'Connor
Posted 04 February 2004 - 05:28 PM
Good God almighty!
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