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BUSBY BERKELEY: GOING THROUGH THE ROOF
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This documentary is a tribute to the Hollywood dance director whose name is synonymous with spectacular, intricately designed musical numbers, and whose contribution to the genre was unmistakable. At a time when movie musicals were little more than stage productions on film, Berkeley ignored the conventional limitations of studio space. The camera wasn't only an observer, but a participant in the opulant settings of Berkeley production numbers that thrilled depression-era audiences. His trademark style was fashioned around stars such as Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda and Esther Williams. This year's San Sebastian Festival poster takes its inspiration from the water ballets created by Busby Berkeley for Footlight Parade (1933).
BIOGRAPHY
After working in journalism, film distribution and exhibition, David Thompson joined the BBC in 1983 where he directed series and documentaries on film personalities, including Tarantino, Morricone, Rossellini, Greenaway or Forman. He has written articles for magazines and newspapers and edited books on Scorsese, Levinson and Jean Renoir.
CAST & CREW
Director
David Thompson
Screenplay
David Thompson
Photography
Kramer Morgenthau
Music
Chris Cunningham
Cast
Documental
Running Time
52 m.
Country
USA
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