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° Themes o Show business ° Implicitly, this always contains within it themes of community building and democracy ° There’s almost always one snotty star who humiliates or mistreats the underlings ° Thus class antagonism comes out ° When this elitist is purged in some way, the community comes together in a kind of democratic excitement ° Thus the group has achieved something, and become a place of democracy instead of one of snobbery ° The humble and talented understudy gets the chance to finally shine ° Thus it celebrates especially American values o High culture, popular culture o Convention, restraint vs. spontaneity, energy, and “the natural” o H ° Fred Astaire vs. Kelly o You can see them as embodying different sorts of principles in their
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Unformatted text preview: dance o Astaire almost always danced very well dressed – tuxedo, etc. ° He always danced in places that were recognized as places to dance – the stage, etc ° Within his own films, he’s usually recognized as a great or professional dancer ° He embodies a king of grace in his dancers ° He almost never violates the Proscenium arch o Kelly’s dance is much more energenetic and spontaneous ° He’s graceful in a way that violates boundaries instead of respecting them ° His dances take over spaces that don’t normally belong to dance – he dances in trees, on roofs, on tables… ° It’s like he’s disobeying the ordinary restraints...
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