Propelled by the discussion on Frock Flicks, I’ve been thinking about my favorite dance scenes in genre (including historical) productions. Here are the four most memorable ones for me:
Henson puppets and the Carnival of Venice masquerading as fantasy. The scene unfolds in a very dreamworldly way, and David Bowie’s performance is amazing. Mostly because nostalgia.
Even if I have issues with the movie, I find it believable that people in a miserable, dystopic world would relieve their angst with rave-type dances.
(Can’t find a YouTube clip from the production to link to, so here’s a vid with melody and stills.)
I just love the tune – and of course, this is the scene where Mr. Elton thoroughly reveals his pettiness and Mr. Knightley his perception and kindheartedness. Mr. Knightley is my favorite of Jane Austen’s male leads, and Jonny Lee Miller’s is my favorite version of Mr. Knightley. It’s all win! 🙂
Dancing is so much FUN, but that’s rarely shown on screen, especially in period pieces. This scene is not stuffily elegant at all but joyful! And noisy and crowded and full of people of all stripes, as an unfashionable, confined and unvarying little village might well be.
Bonus entry: all the dance scenes from Bride and Prejudice
The colors, gorgeous interiors and exteriors, the rhythm, the good humor… How is that not awesome!
What are your favorites and why?