Gotta Dance: The American Movie Musical 1929-1953
1932, U.S. In Mamoulian’s magical masterpiece, amorous tailor Chevalier harnesses all of his ingenious pluck to woo lovelorn princess MacDonald in an enchanted Paris, a city where music literally radiates from every stoop, sidewalk, and boudoir. Building on Rodgers and Hart’s witty, spirited lyrics, Mamoulian concocts a stylish tour de force of infectious melody, cheeky pre-Code double entendres, and ceaselessly exuberant cinematic innovation. With zoom lenses and slow motion (virtually unseen in 30s Hollywood), split-screen effects and flamboyant camera work, the film is the “delirious result of Mamoulian's desire to incorporate movement, dancing, acting, music, singing, décor and lighting into a cogent cinematic whole” (Time Out).