G | | Documentary, Musical
The history of dance depicted on film.
Gwen Verdon's galvanic "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets," from Damn Yankees (1958), was deleted from the release print to make room for the inferior "Red Blues" from Silk Stockings (1957), as the production team could find no other spot to include a sequence by the legendary Cyd Charisse. In retrospect, this decision was especially lamentable, as the Verdon number was a rare example of a bona fide Broadway showstopper faithfully recreated on screen by its original choreographer, Bob Fosse, performed by the same artist who dazzled audiences on the Great White Way. At the time, it was felt that the number was expendable because it was immediately followed by another Fosse sequence from Sweet Charity (1969).
Long before the dawn of history, long before he could sing or even speak, man danced. Moving to his own internal rhythms, the pounding in his heart, the beating of his pulse, primitive man discovered dance. It is within us. Always.
$1,506,802 (USA) (20 January 1985)