Dance, Girl, Dance (1940), A Feminist Masterpiece!

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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940), A Feminist Masterpiece!
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“Fifty cents for the privilege of staring at a girl the way your wives won't let you. What do you suppose we think of you up here with your silly smirks your mothers would be ashamed of?” – DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

A seething, revolutionary feminist masterpiece that in 1940 was far, far ahead of its game (and reviled by male film critics as a result), DANCE, GIRL, DANCE is a hilarious, sexy, and flamboyant work of the classical studio era. The most interesting and dynamic film to be directed by Dorothy Arzner—the only female director of Hollywood’s Golden Era—DANCE, GIRL, DANCE was resurrected in the 1970s when the feminist wave adopted the film as a key text and the openly gay Arzner as a retroactive figurehead.

A decade before she was forever immortalized as I LOVE LUCY’s loveable troublemaker, Lucille Ball was “Bubbles”—a bawdy burlesquer and unrepentant man-eater, who finds the answer to all life’s problems at the bottom of a champagne glass. A member of the same dance troupe as Judy, played by fellow-redhead Maureen O’Hara, the pair strike up an intense rivalry after realizing they’re after the same man. The burlesque-friendly catfight that ensues onstage is easily one of the best captured on screen! And Judy’s infamous speech, in which she admonishes patriarchy and male ego, demands total attention for its shocking condemnation.

As if two gorgeous redheads were not enough, we have Bianca Boom Boom taking the stage, making this a fiery feminist LADIES of BURLESQUE that’s not to be missed!
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto

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