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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shnikov View Post
    As a kid, I remember countless occasions on which a film would come on the telly (they never advertised 'future attractions' then) and my dad would say:

    "Ooh. Cyd Charisse is in this. She had great legs, you know."


    Sounds spookily familiar!

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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by dep View Post
    heard of all four names, but I can't recall ever watching a film in which any of them feature.

    But do musicals/dance films add anything of import to dance?

    So back to my original question
    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shnikov View Post
    Especially when you consider that he is old enough to have seen these films at the cinema.
    dep's profile states born in 1950

    Don't you own a TV ? Or maybe you don't watch it ?? Or never go to the cinema ???

    How can anyone interested in dancing and over 50yrs not have heard of Cyd Charisse or not seen a Fred Astair movie ?????? I am a little bit "speachless"


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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Minnie M View Post
    How can anyone interested in dancing and over 50yrs not have heard of Cyd Charisse or not seen a Fred Astair movie ?????? I am a little bit "speachless"
    I have to admit.. I wouldn't have known who Cyd Charisse had I not clicked on the link ! Sure I've heard of Fred Astair.. seen a few of his movies too.. but always with Ginger ! And although I loved Brigadoon* I much preferred Finian's Rainbow !!

    (*heck if you've been to my home town you would think I was born there !!)

    I have seen a few classic dance movies.. but they really don't do anything for me.. I'd rather have an old hitchcock or a Cary Grant movie (or watch north by northwest and get two for the price of one !) or even a classic George Pal / classic 50's sci-fi !!
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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    [/QUOTE] How can anyone interested in dancing and over 50yrs not have heard of Cyd Charisse or not seen a Fred Astair movie ?????? I am a little bit "speachless"[/QUOTE]

    as am i?

    Fred Astaire movie? Top hat,

    Even i've heard of Cyd Charisse and im 16! I remember watching her in singing in the rain, that scene is actually my favourite in the film when Gene Kelley's belting out Gotta dance, and he sees Cyd Charisse in that beautiful green dress with the most amazing legs on show!

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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    I think I'll have a look on youtube. Some sad American git (oi! Ref! unfair!) is bound to put together a compilation of her dance scenes.

    I love the old musicals of the 30s, 40s and early 50s - Top hat, Flying down to Rio, The gay divorcée, Shall we dance, the Broadway Melody films, 42nd Street, On the town, Singin' in the rain, Anchors aweigh, Yankee Doodle Dandy, - Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, and the only real male dancers, Fred n' Gene. The scmaltz isn't too bad, and the dancing is fabulous.

    I love the musicals of the late 50s and 60s - Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, West Side story - particularly West Side story - more for the music and the stories than for the dancing. Although the dancing in WSS was excellent, it was the ensemble show tune dances rather than the cheek-to-cheek dancing of the earlier musicals.

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    Since then, two musical films, IMHO, eclipse all the others (though I have a soft spot for The boyfriend) Cabaret, and All that jazz. The first is Bob Fosse's searing and towering epic set against the rise of Nazi Germany which is without doubt one film you should see before you die. There may be 10 such films, there may be 100; but this is definitely one of them. The scene in the Biergarten where the Hitler Jugende sing 'Tomorrow belongs to me' is more chilling that the entire collection of Saw films.

    All that jazz - Bob Fosse again - is highly underrated and is his own story of chainsmoking his way through simultaneously working on the film of Cabaret and a stage production of Chicago, which led to a heart attack. Roy Scheider (playing Fosse) got an Oscar nomination (but lost out to Dustin Hoffman in Kramer v Kramer - evidence supporting the claim that edgy films will always lose out to schmaltz in the Academy Awards). His performance is a tour de force, and the dancing of Ann Reinking is dazzling.

    So, there ya go. Further impressions of Jonathan Ross will be avoided for 24 hours.

    (Anyone who mentions Dirty dancing in this exalted company will be shot.)

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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shnikov View Post
    Further impressions of Jonathan Ross will be avoided for 24 hours.
    Sowwy Bawwy.

    There's too many pwoppewy pwonounced R's in that weview for it to be a twue Jonathan Woss impwession.

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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shnikov View Post

    I love the old musicals of the 30s, 40s and early 50s - Top hat, Flying down to Rio, The gay divorcée, Shall we dance, the Broadway Melody films, 42nd Street, On the town, Singin' in the rain, Anchors aweigh, Yankee Doodle Dandy, - Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, and the only real male dancers, Fred n' Gene. The scmaltz isn't too bad, and the dancing is fabulous.

    I love the musicals of the late 50s and 60s - Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, West Side story - particularly West Side story - more for the music and the stories than for the dancing. Although the dancing in WSS was excellent, it was the ensemble show tune dances rather than the cheek-to-cheek dancing of the earlier musicals.
    ooh what a lovely list!

    I'd love to watch those on a big screen. I'm sure I can't be the only one?
    (Anyone who mentions Dirty dancing in this exalted company will be shot.)
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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shnikov View Post
    The scene in the Biergarten where the Hitler Jugende sing 'Tomorrow belongs to me' is more chilling that the entire collection of Saw films.
    The stage version is even more dramatic - gives me goose bumps

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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Lory View Post
    Shoot me now.... DIRTY DANCING!
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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Shnikov View Post
    I love the old musicals of the 30s, 40s and early 50s - Top hat, Flying down to Rio, The gay divorcée, Shall we dance, the Broadway Melody films, 42nd Street, On the town, Singin' in the rain, Anchors aweigh, Yankee Doodle Dandy, - Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Ann Miller, and the only real male dancers, Fred n' Gene. The scmaltz isn't too bad, and the dancing is fabulous.

    I love the musicals of the late 50s and 60s - Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, West Side story - particularly West Side story - more for the music and the stories than for the dancing. Although the dancing in WSS was excellent, it was the ensemble show tune dances rather than the cheek-to-cheek dancing of the earlier musicals.

    (Anyone who mentions Dirty dancing in this exalted company will be shot.)
    Barry, you have just captured my Sunday afternoons watching these black and white films when I was a wee wee girl. I loved these films, and still do, and they gave so many people aspirations about dancing, as well as lifting them out of the drabness that was around them. Pure, beautiful and harmless escapism ahh!! Like Lory I would have liked to have seen these films on the big screen.

    I loved watching Cyd Cherise and Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Cyd Cherise was IMO the sexiest of the two ladies, a true vamp and so elegant and graceful, with legs to die for.

    She and her contemporaries certainly helped engender a love for dancing in this kid.
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    Re: Cyd Charisse RIP

    I remember having pictures of Cyd Charisse up everywhere when I was younger and did ballet. She was my idol. I guess most people know her through Singing in the Rain, but Silk Stockings was also good.

    Legs - A tribute to Cyd Charisse - In appreciation of those fabulous legs.

    Mum and I are waiting for them to show some of her movies on TV, so we can have a watch over a bottle of wine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genie View Post
    I've bookmarked the page, but I don't think I'll bother trying the trivia quiz.

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