In 1935, the Busby Berkeley
movie musical ''Gold Diggers of 1935'' was released by Warner Bros.
He has been in "15 Broadway shows or so," he'll tell you, "just as many national tours, and countless plays and musicals in repertory." He has also, in days gone by, worked with names like Busby Berkeley
and Ruby Keeler.
Boring, bought and traded, lugubrious and endless shams that try to convince the naive and gullible that one should waste an entire TV evening just to "see what the lades are wearing on the red carpet" I had to murder my beloved wife with an Anthony Bourdain cheese grater when she uttered those words and cozened me into exhausting 500 years of my remaining life watching the most recent Oscar extravaganza of bad gags, false humility, inflated encomia and dance routines that haven't been inventive since Busby Berkeley
worked with Ruby Keeler.
Googling a runner Busby Berkeley
1.0 Ascot A highly influential film director and choreographer, Busby Berkeley
(1895-1976) was famous for his musical production numbers that involved complex geometric patterns using large numbers of showgirls.
The best way I could describe it would be Busby Berkeley
on acid.It's Vegas meets Miami.
Finally, Jessup the choreographer has to contend with what might be called the Busby Berkeley
factor: Berkeley directed a 1943 movie version of the show - until he was fired midproduction when he couldn't get along with star Judy Garland.
's choreography in the "Young and Healthy" sequence of the film 42nd Street was a celebration of sexuality, suggesting that romantic partners in America were becoming interchangeable parts, almost like rides on the merry-go-round; this interpretation is reiterated through the tunnel of love that is actually a tunnel of legs, and anticipates the form of serial monogamy that became commonplace in postmodern American culture.
The highlight of these sequences is the marriage of the quartet's gay friends Anthony (Mario Cantone) and Stanford (Willie Garson), which is over-the-top in a Busby Berkeley
way and features an exuberant performance by Liza Minnelli.
My "Dear God, no!" moment came when I referred to something looking like a Busby Berkeley
musical and getting That Stare.
The group forms several counter-revolving circles, like a fascist Lord of the Flies gang doing Busby Berkeley
, flex-kicking like mad.
Musical numbers include one in sailor suits and another with fans which nods in the direction of burlesque and Busby Berkeley
Equally impressive are the Busby Berkeley
inspired song and dance numbers, including the centrepiece sequence to the toe-tapping 'Boogie Wonderland' which is a triumph of choreography and swooping camera movements.
At the height of the Great Depression, Hollywood offered America a bumper crop of frothy Busby Berkeley
musicals, but Tinseltown also produced a raft of gangster films starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Edward G.
Fine subsequently encountered Jim Terry, author of The Busby Berkeley
Book, and requested that he write an authorized biography, and the two began work.
(There is probably not a publication left in North America wherein a columnist could make an unelaborated reference to Busby Berkeley
and expect at least half a dozen readers to understand!--but I digress.