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Dance, Girl, Dance

Dorothy Arzner | 1940 | 90 MINS
USA
A burlesque queen (Lucille Ball) competes with an aspiring ballerina (Maureen O'Hara) for a divorced playboy (Louis Hayward).

In Detail

It is impressive enough that Dorothy Arzner was the only woman director to find steady work in Hollywood from the late 1920s through the early 1940s - throw in the fact that she was openly gay and her success seems like nothing short of a miracle.

This is arguably her most popular picture, and a great introduction for those who may not have heard of this ground-breaking director.

It is the classic Madonna/whore, virgin/vamp, good girl/bad girl dichotomy, but Arzner provides the film with welcome complexity.

Not surprisingly, the scene where O’Hara’s character directly lambasts an audience for its collective “male gaze” retains its topicality today.

Please note that the originally programmed intro for this film has been cancelled.

Special Price for ARZNER DOCUMENTARY & DANCE, GIRL, DANCE: £17

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