This filmed version of the 1927 George Gershwin Broadway musical Funny Face utilizes the play's original star, Fred Astaire, and several of the original tunes, then goes merrily off on its own. Astaire is cast as as fashion photographer Dick Avery (a character based on Richard Avedon, the film's "visual consultant"), who is sent out by his female boss Maggie Prescott (Kay Thompson) to find a "new face". It doesn't take Dick long to discover Jo (Audrey Hepburn, who does her own singing), an owlish Greenwich Village bookstore clerk. Acting as Pygmalion to Jo's Galatea, Dick whisks the wide-eyed girl off to Paris and transforms her into the fashion world's hottest model. Along the way, he falls in love with Jo, and works overtime to wean her away from such phony-baloney intellectuals as Professor Emile Flostre (Michel Auclair). The Gershwin tunes include the title song, "S'wonderful", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "He Loves and She Loves"; among the newer numbers is Kay Thompson's energetic opener "Think Pink". For years available only in washed-out, flat prints, Funny Face was eventually restored to its full Technicolor and VistaVision glory.
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TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Vol. 2 (Thrill of a Romance / Fiesta / This Time for Keeps / Pagan Love Song / Million Dollar Mermaid / Easy to Love)
Manufacturer: Turner Classic Movie
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Esther Williams Collection: VOL. 2 (DVD)THRILL OF A ROMANCE Man overboard! War hero Van Johnson takes one look at Esther Williams and decides he needs swimming lessons. With Tommy Dorsey, Xavier Cugat and more. Dive in. FIESTA Mexico's greatest bullfighter isâ€¦Esther? She plays a devoted sister who secretly fills in for her twin matador brother (Ricardo Montalban) after he abandons the ring. -or- A non-aquatic change of pace: Esther disguises herself in matador gear and secretly fills in for her twin brother (Ricardo Montalban) after he abandons the ring. THIS TIME FOR KEEPS An ex-GI falls for a bathing beauty (guess who!). Lauritz Melchior, Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Durante and Mackinac Island locations add to the good times and romance. PAGAN LOVE SONG Island girl Esther plans to leave Tahiti, but maybe she'll have a reason to stay when Howard Keel arrives. Gorgeous, frothy fun with pristine Hawaiian locations filling in for Tahiti.MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID Tonight in the Hippodrome Tank: Annette Kellerman, Goddess of the Sea! Esther portrays Kellerman in a splashy biopic that includes a must-see Busby Berkeley extravaganza. EASY TO LOVE Esther wins fans at the Cypress Gardens' aquashow, but will she ever win the heart of her all-business boss Van Johnson? Busby Berkeley guides the legendary water-ski number.]]> No doubt about it: this TCM boxed set is all wet. As a collection of movies featuring Esther Williams, MGM's swimming superstar, how could it not be? Six titles, in...
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Brand: Warner Home Video
That's Dancing (DVD)Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sammy Davis Jr., and Ray Bolger host this compilation of some of the greatest dance numbers in movie history. This engrossing documentary offers vignettes from the best of Warner Bros., RKO, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and United Artists. There are also highlights from the top musicals of the 1970s and 1980s. The hosts put the clips in their historical perspective, with one highlight being Ray Bolger's "wind" dance, which was cut from the final release print of The Wizard of Oz.]]>
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Take a remarkable journey through ALL SIX SEASONS of one of television's most groundbreaking series! Winner of six Emmy(R) Awards*, Glee features a beloved cast, including Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Kevin McHale, along with celebrated guest stars. When high school Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) sets out to transform a group of singers and dancers into performers worthy of the coveted National trophy, the courageous teens ultimately transform and become young adults who come to terms with acceptance, competition, love and loss. Celebrate the acclaimed show that transcends musical genres, breaks down barriers and uplifts viewers with exhilarating performances! This 34-disc set includes all 121 episodes and exclusive extras, making it a must-have for your entertainment library!
Manufacturer: Petite Feet Videos
Brand: Petite Feet Videos
Petite Feet uses engaging and imaginative exercises, games and stories to introduce children to basic ballet positions and vocabulary, as well as general dance and musical concepts. Focusing on the creative potential of dance and its storytelling possibilities, Petite Feet encourages children between the ages of 2-5 to learn fundamental and age-appropriate ballet steps, to build confidence and coordination, and, of course, to have fun!
Featuring original music and a colorful set, along with the Story of the Dancing Dolls and some help from Waldo the Walrus, this 26 minute video is a great way for kids to stay active on a rainy day-and a sunny one too!
After graduating from Yale with a BA in Theatre Studies, Liz Vacco has been a ballet and early childhood educator for nine years, teaching through New York City Ballet's Education Program and at various dance studios and public schools throughout the city. She has always been a dancer who acts and an actor who dances, and she draws from both these worlds in her teaching and performance.
Billy Elliot: The Musical Live (Blu-ray + DIGITAL HD)
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Brand: UNI DIST CORP. (MCA)
Based on the beloved film and winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical Live from London's West End is a celebration of one of the world's most popular and successful stage shows. A modern-day fairy tale of a young boy who exchanges boxing gloves for ballet shoes, Billy's story is set during the 1980's miner's strike in northern England, where his determination inspires an entire community. From the creative team behind the original film and music legend Elton John, this story of self-discovery, determination, love and hope is brought to life in this funny, uplifting and spectacular experience that you'll want to experience again and again!
Susan Hayward gives a stunning, Oscar-nominated portrayal as Broadway's Lillian Roth in this true story of an alcoholic's wretched decline and her eventual, courageous recovery. Year: 1956 Susan Hayward has a signature role in I'll Cry Tomorrow, a pedal-to-the-metal look at the troubled times of singer Lillian Roth. Hayward snagged her fourth Oscar nomination for the part, which takes Roth from humble beginnings through great stardom and finally into a hell of alcoholism and recovery. The movie delivers on a couple of tendencies of its era (1956): a fresh frankness about addiction (The Man with the Golden Arm had come out the year before), plus some handy psychoanalyzing of the heroine--in this case, Roth's problems are laid at the feet of her pushy stage mother (Jo Van Fleet). With all the sturm und drang, there's not a lot of room for songs, but we do get to hear vintage tunes such as "Sing You Sinners" and "When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along." Hayward does her own singing, and she can best be described as a belter rather than a singer ("belter" describes her acting style, too). Also in the cast, portraying the men at various stages of Roth's life, are Ray Danton, Eddie Albert, and Richard Conte (trailing the aura of violent noir behind him); Daniel Mann directed, just after his duties on The Rose Tattoo. It's a slice of Fifties melodrama, the kind that hasn't aged particularly well, but if you appreciate Hayward's customary pull-it-from-the-guts style, ...