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Big screen classics

Dance, Girl, Dance

Dorothy Arzner’s classic comedy-drama about the rivalry between two dancers is also an astute critique of the male gaze.

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USA 1940
Dir Dorothy Arzner
With Maureen O’Hara, Lucille Ball, Louis Hayward, Ralph Bellamy
90min
35mm
Certificate PG

Focusing on the professional and romantic rivalry between two very different dancers – a cynical chorus girl working in a burlesque joint (Ball) and an idealistic aspiring ballerina (O’Hara) – this classic comedy-drama is at the same time a proto-feminist landmark in directly addressing the issue of the male gaze. Fine performances ensure that the film is far more than a simplistic statement.

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