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Dance Girl Dance

Two chalk-and-cheese roommates (Maureen O’Hara and Lucille Ball) dream of hitting the big time as dancers.

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USA 1940
Dir Dorothy Arzner
With Maureen O’Hara, Lucille Ball, Louis Hayward
Certificate PG

Meet Bubbles (Ball’s sassy burlesque siren) and Judy (O’Hara’s aspiring ballerina): chalk-and-cheese roommates dreaming of hitting the big time as dancers. This realistic portrait of ambitious, strong-willed women, and of female friendship and rivalry, is all the more remarkable and nuanced for being directed by the pioneering Dorothy Arzner, one of only two female directors working in Hollywood’s Golden Age.

+ La Joie de vivre
France 1934. Dirs Anthony Gross, Courtland Hector Hoppin. 9min
A tone poem: two woodland sprites dance atop power lines and among flowers while being pursued.


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