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  •  Stunningly beautiful...! (3+ / 0-)
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    Eddie C, Remediator, Another Grizzle

    Of all your photos, I think I like your flower photos the best, and the best of the best are the orchids.

    I can see the Dancing Ladies in my mind's eye..., and they're like the fancy Flamenco Dancers with wildly swirling skirts doing a 'come hither' dance step to a lover.

    Okay, that's a bit fanciful, but squint your eyes so they almost go out of focus and concentrate on the warm tones that you know would swirl seductively in the hands of a talented dancer....

    What a nice, relaxing, beautiful ending to a very horrible week!

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:01:20 PM PDT

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      I can almost always see the ladies dresses spread as if spinning in dance.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the views and hope that your weekend is better.  

      •  I suspect... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... we'll almost all have a better weekend with certain criminals off the street.  I have zero understanding of why the senseless crimes were perpetrated and people were killed, and no matter how long anyone talks, I'll never understand wanton violence for the sake of violence, so I won't drive myself nutz trying to figure it out.

        Streaks of sadness and grief for those who were lost, but otherwise we'll be happy enough to do our own dances.

        Love those little ladies dancing in their chorus lines in that wonderful photo!  "A Pretty Girl is like a Melody" with women in full-skirted dresses coming down grand staircases comes to mind.

        OTOH, I remember old movies with stunning choreography as well as the ones with the synchronized swimming scenes, and yet other musicals over a few decades that had great choreography, so I can envision the choreography for large, extravagant shows.

        Not quite what I had in mind, but this is from a show about Ziegfeld, filmed in 1936, so it's in black and white, but this must have been fantastic in color - and let's face it: no one could show off the feminine form like Ziegfeld.  Notice the camera-work.  None of those irritating flashes like in modern camera work.  Most of this is done in one take.  The stage moves, but the camera doesn't move much.

        Thanks for sharing beauty with all of us!

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:10:41 AM PDT

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        •  Well if you ask me (1+ / 0-)
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          I'll take the camera work and choreography of this modern masterpiece over any of those old movies.

          The way I figure it, directors of camera and choreography are a work in progress. The newcomers have Steven Soderbergh and Jeff Cronenweth to study for cinematography. For choreography there is Jerry Robbins and Bob Fosse to copy.

          But I've never really been big on the old stuff. For me the transfer of musicals all began with  West Side Story and Fiddler.  I think the Fame from 1980  and Flashdance had more influence over the big screen interruptions of the Broadway musical than anyone gives credit for and I enjoyed those changes that led up to one of my favorites Chicago. Thank you Jules Fisher.  

          I can't stand the hand held camera shots and the flash you mentioned that came into fashion but that isn't what it's all about. I think I've even warmed to the quick succession wall of cameras made popular by MTV. I guess I'm a work in progress too :-)  

          •  West Side Story & Fiddler... (1+ / 0-)
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            Eddie C

            ... are both in my media library (vinyl, VHS, DVD), along with a bunch of others I like.

            I wasn't that crazy about Chicago, but I think it was more the storyline that seemed to be sympathetic and favorable to criminals that I didn't care for since I remember the singing and dancing were good (and I do like Richard Gere).  I saw it in a theatre one year for my birthday and if it goes online maybe I'll try to re-watch it to see what turned me off of it.

            That last video above with Kate Hudson (she is beautiful and reminds me so much of her mother and Kate's a good dancer) reminded me SO much of clothing styles of the '60s, with the short shorts, go-go boots, guys with suit jackets, skinny neckties, and tight pants - except back in the '60s when The Beatles and other groups were wearing those clothing styles the guys had better hair and were clean-shaven.  (I detest the bedhead look and unshaven faces; Yuk!  Puh-leeze, can that look go away finally???  It's been around too long.)  I don't understand the first video and the second one displays Cruz's sexuality rather nicely.

            I found some old movies on YouTube.  Yesterday I watched To Sir, With Love including Lulu's song of the same title) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, Cover Girl with Rita Hayworth & Gene Kelly, and I have Les Girls in the queue among other old movies I've marked to watch.  I think I have My Fair Lady saved in my favorites file with two different links just in case one is removed for copyright infringement.

            With the lack of stupid ads, and the addition of full-length movies (especially old movies, some made before I was even born when scripts were all about the dialogue and storyline, not special effects), and full-series episodes in chronological order for some old favorite shows, I am finding I like YouTube a whole lot now.

            Next month I'll be watching the live-streaming of Eurovision's two semi-finals and the final, all from Malmö, Sweden.  I've watched a few of the preview videos from this year's competition and so far I can't find any outstanding acts or songs.  I notice the Eurovision channel has full-length shows from previous shows online now.  Some are quite good, but in the past few years the flashing lights in the background that cover the people up as they shine in the eyes of the audience or viewer is just plainly annoying.  (Annoying & blinding lights are why I quit watching DWTS, even though I did mute most of the show because I don't want the annoying long intro and rehearsal time, just the dance number and judge's comments; I want to see the dancers, not the blinding flashing lights which can give me a headache - otherwise it feels like the flashing lights are there to blind me to viewing a bad dance number.)

            I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

            by NonnyO on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:21:57 AM PDT

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