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posted: 10/17/2004 at 9:48:23 AM ET
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From the Washington Post, October 17, 2004, by Sarah Kaufman, lamenting the lack of dance in movies:

"Over the last several decades, Hollywood seems to have lost the ability to capture dance on the big screen with any degree of skill and expressiveness...

A dance movie has the power to transport you away from reality, but a great dance movie can also transform reality. The best ones pull ordinary folks out of their dreary drudgery and plunge them into a world of rhythm and emotional abandon. This is the engine that drives [Gene] Kelly's magnificent title number in 1952's "Singin' in the Rain," and, almost three decades later, Steve Martin's Depression-era escapade "Pennies From Heaven" (with an electrifying Bernadette Peters and Christopher Walken in a striptease). Watch this kind of Everyman-turned-song-and-dance-man movie, and the sense of possibility in the daily routine follows you long afterward."

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posted: 10/18/2004 at 10:18:42 AM ET
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I spotted that in the Post yesterday too, Jean, and tore it out. Made me want to watch "Pennies" again to be electrified!!

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