Dancing at the Movies

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Great dancing has always been among the wonderful moves that movies provide. Film is an effective way to see dance of all kinds, from the tap dancing of Fred Astaire, to the ballet of Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes, to the recent Black Swan. Host David Garland presents a wide variety of film music for dancing.

Program details:

Alexandre Desplat - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Daisy's Ballet Career - Concord Records

Bronislau Kaper - Lili (1953) - Curtain Down-Lili Leaves Paul / Ballet (Lili and the Puppets) / Paul - Film Score Monthly

George Gershwin - Shall We Dance? - Shall We Dance? performed by Fred Astaire - Columbia

Irving Berlin - Top Hat - Top Hat, White Tie and Tails performed by Fred Astaire - Columbia

Alex North - Daddy Long Legs - Daddy Long Legs Ballet - Masters Film Music

Christopher Gordon - Maos Last Dancer digital servicing (2010) - Pas de Deux - Lakeshore

Toru Takemitsu - Izu No Odoriko (The Izu Dancer) (1967) - M3 - Shogakukan

Ennio Morricone - Quando Le Donne Avevano La Coda (When Women Had Tails) (1970) - Balletto Sulle Uova (Ballet on Eggs) - CAM

Elmer Bernstein - The Ten Commandments - Bedouin Dance - MCA Records

Elmer Bernstein - The Scalphunters (1968) - Square Dance for Loco Horses - Varese Sarabande

Clint Mansell - Black Swan - Nina's Dream - Sony Classical

Miklos Rozsa - The Story of Three Loves: The Jealous Lover (1953) - Love Scene (based on Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; pianist on “The Jealous Lover ” was Austrian-born Jakob Gimpel) - Film Score Monthly

Brian Easdale - The Red Shoes (1948) - Main Title, The Red Shoes Ballet (excerpt) - The Soundtrack Factory

Singin' In the Rain (1952) - Singin' In the Rain - Turner Classic Movies/Premier Soundtracks

Red Shoes Trailer:

Fred Astaire - "Puttin' On the Ritz":

Comments [4]

Debra Levine from Los Angeles

Not for publishing!

Dear sir, I am sitting with lap top on my lap (!) working on my blog and I almost had a heart attack when I heard my name announced on your show!

1. Here's the Gottlieb piece so I did not steer you wrong -- see the single line two paragraphs from the bottom.


2. Please tell Terrence McKnight that you quoted me and he will LAUGH out loud!

By the way, i thought the score of BLACK SWAN was one of the good elements of that horrible film.

3. Story of Three Loves piece here:


Yours sincerely,

Debra Levine

Dec. 11 2010 09:52 PM
Loren Meissner from San Bruno California

You mentioned Canada and Los Angeles. I am listening from San Bruno California, the town next to San Francisco International Airport.

Dec. 11 2010 09:52 PM
Dianne Chapitis from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Hello David

Thank you for your well - informed and soothing delivery on this evening of dance. One of my favourite films is 'Silk Stockings' with Cyd Charisse.
I am a contemporary dancer near Toronto Canada. We are awaiting a big snow storm, but feel very satisfied staying in and listening to WQXR through the computer.
Happy Night !

Dec. 11 2010 09:31 PM
Debra Levine from Los Angeles

Agree that you cannot catch Fred Astaire in a wrong move. Enjoying this, however, I must say that all your featured films exhibit a love of dance but one: BLACK SWAN. To quote dance critic Rbt Gottlieb: What did ballet do to deserve this?

Dec. 11 2010 09:25 PM

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