30 April 2012

Movie stars "stayin' alive"

Video link. 

A mashup of the Bee Gee's Stayin' Alive with classic cinema dance segments featuring Rita Hayworth.  It's well done, though a bit long, requiring a looping of the melody.  I presume during film editing the film speed can be tweaked faster or slower to match the music?  Or does this just reflect selection of compatible scenes?

Via Neatorama.


  1. I really enjoyed this, seeing some of these dances set to "modern" music helped me realize that some of those people could flat out dance! In its original setting I would have had trouble appreciating it.

    And some of the clips just flat out did not fit the music beat. Especially some of the real short ones, it's a case of close-enough that you don't catch on to unless you are sensitive to it. Plus the music has a many beats in it and a syncopated rhythm underneath, so there are plenty of spots for the dancing to look very close.

  2. This was just plain fun. Thanks for sharing!

  3. At 4:13, there's a clip showing Xavier Cougat's Orchestra in "You Were Never Lovelier". The cameraman was standing next to my grandfather, Walt Shaver, who played bass with Cougat for about 5 years. We have a still from the production showing the filming of this particular angle somewhere in the family archives; what amazes me is how seamlessly the movie is cut together knowing that the dance scenes were shot at least three times to accommodate different camera angles.

    Interesting video - Hayworth was a phenomenal dancer!


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