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      That's Dancing!

      G 1985 1h 44m Documentary List
      Reviews 72% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Iconic figures such as Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly lead the viewer through this retrospective of classic dancing numbers throughout the films of the 20th century. From classical ballet to modern dance, the compilation features clips and never-before-seen footage from films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "West Side Story," and "Singin' In the Rain." Mikhail Baryshnikov also appears, commenting on the art of ballet and the responsibilities of the dancer. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 22 Buy Now

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times What it basically wants to do is entertain us with a lot of good dance scenes from a lot of good, and bad, movies, and that is such a harmless ambition that I guess we can accept it. Rated: 3/4 Jun 21, 2018 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine Bends over backwards to celebrate the perception that the box office success of Fame and Flashdance heralded the rebirth of the form. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 27, 2007 Full Review Austin Kennedy Film Geek Central I'd rather just watch a musical in it's entirety than a greatest clips presentation, but for what it is, it's entertaining enough. At least it made me write down a list of musicals to watch. Rated: 3/4 Jan 19, 2013 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice A fine film about the beat that put bodies in motion from tap to ballroom to disco to break dancing. Rated: 4/5 Aug 22, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A spinoff of the That's Entertainment movies, That's Dancing is an entertaining and informative documentary that looks into some of the best dancing sequences ever created in the musical genre. Gene Kelly describes early musical dancing and the works of Busby Berkeley, Sammy Davis Jr. talks about early acclaimed musical choreographers, such as Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers, Bojangles Robinson, and the Nicholas Brothers, plus shows a very entertaining dance sequence cut from The Wizard of Oz featuring the Ray Bolger Scarecrow, Mikhali Baryshnikov describes the impact of ballet dancers on film, "Scarecrow" Ray Bolger describes the glory days of MGM studios and it's two most successful dancing stars; Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, and Liza Minnelli talks about film musicals adapted from acclaimed Broadway hits. Gene Kelly also shows up at the end talking about dancing and its impact today (or in the case in its original release, 1985), showing musical hits that brought the genre back from near-extinction, including Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance, and Fame. It's not a perfect documentary, as some of the celebrity hosts just didn't seem to be in the spirit of the production, especially Baryshnikov, but what's great about That's Dancing is that no matter what musicals you have actually seen prior to watching this, I guarantee that you'll still have an enjoyable experience. It'll likely give some more respect to the musical genre and how talented these choreographers actually are. It also makes me want to watch more of the old Hollywood musicals, particularly those of Busby Berkeley, who had some pretty surreal cinematography for 1930's cinema. I'm glad I found this documentary. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member s/b called 'that's entertainment 4" Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Movie was okay, but it's really just a clips film showing select performances from all the great musicals. I did really like the first section that showed how dance films were more large scale than they would become, almost more impressive. Then they evolved into less dancers, but you could actually be more impressed by the one or two people shown in their full glory. The film hits the mid section with a cut scene from the Wizard Of Oz that was fun to see, but then goes onto a ballet section that was really boring. The final piece of the new, at the time, stuff is really too brief in my opinion. But it does end showing a basic preview of what would come at the rise of the music video with Michael Jackson's Beat It. Great video! If anything, it was like a long preview for all the great musical films I shall be seeing at some point here on my journey to see every film ever made. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member It's enjoyable viewing of well-accomplished and famous dances/dancers, however those expecting to catch the full scenes of the VERY best 20th Century dance numbers in film will be disappointed. Gene Kelly splashin' & singin' in the rain? Nope. Donald O'Connor dancin' up 'n down walls to make 'em laugh? Sorry. Fred Astaire's "Royal Wedding" ceiling dance? Nuh-uh. Sammy Davis, Jr. tappin' away? Only for 20 seconds when he's six years old. Mikhail Baryshnikov, however, is granted twenty full minutes to drag the viewer through a discussion of mostly-obscure ballet artists who all but never worked in cinema. And the film closes with a 1980ish eye-to-the-future extensively glaring at "Saturday Night Fever," "Fame," "Flashdance" and Michael Jackson - while ignoring Bob Fosse's monumental "All That Jazz" altogether. Two reasons for selections this spotty: First, Gene Kelly as producer made all the final calls on content, so the film is more a reflection of what he personally viewed as pivotal and/or anthropologically significant - rather than a square-on look at the best of dance. Second, licensing issues across studios skew the film's content. The majority of the look-sees are well less than a minute; that's a reflection of the director's inability to control his desire to cram an entire Century of dance into two hours of film (His original cut was nearly three hours). The better, more-fully-treated content includes several Busby Berkeley kaleidoscopic creations, a full study/treatment of Fred Astaire (solo & with Ginger), some lesser-seen though strong hoofers (eg, Eleanor Powell, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Nicholas Bros.) and Ray Bolger in a dancing scarecrow number cut from "Oz." RECOMMENDATION: The viewer will find a lot of interesting, talented dance here - but not all of the best of it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Fromn the people who brought you the "That's Entertainment" series. Too bad this movie isn't as interesting as those ones. The clips are fun to watch, and getting a chance to see Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire do their thing is worth at least a viewing. On the other hand, you could always just go out and rent their movies and enjoy them more than this. Not a total failure, but the film doesn't work as well as the "Entertainment" series did. A good attempt, though. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I suck at dancing, but I will always love it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Iconic figures such as Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly lead the viewer through this retrospective of classic dancing numbers throughout the films of the 20th century. From classical ballet to modern dance, the compilation features clips and never-before-seen footage from films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "West Side Story," and "Singin' In the Rain." Mikhail Baryshnikov also appears, commenting on the art of ballet and the responsibilities of the dancer.
      Director
      Jack Haley Jr.
      Producer
      Gene Kelly
      Screenwriter
      Jack Haley Jr.
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 44m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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