DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

US 1940, D Dorothy Arzner, SC Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis based on a story by Vicki Baum, C Russell Metty, E Robert Wise, M Edward Ward, P RKO Radio Pictures, Erich Pommer, Cast Maureen O’Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Carlisle, Maria Ouspenskaya, Katharine Alexander, Print b/w, 16mm, 90 min, OV with electronic German SUB, Hamburger Kinemathek e.V.

The films of Dorothy Arzner are important in that they foreground precisely this problem of the desire of women caught in a system of representation which allows them at most the opportunity of playing on the specific demands that the system makes on them. […] Perhaps the most exemplary film in this sense is Dance, Girl, Dance, which has often been acclaimed by feminist critics as a work of major importance. However, it would be a mistake to read the film in ‚positive‘ terms as representing the progress of its heroine to ‚maturity‘ or ‚self-awareness‘. The value of the film lies not in its creation of a culture-heroine with whom we can finally and fully identify, but in the ways in which it displaces identification with the characters and focuses our attention on the problematic position they occupy in their world (Pam Cook, The Work of Dorothy Arzner. Towards a Feminist Cinema, 1975)

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Acronyms
amer. American English
b/w Black and white
OV Original version
SUB Subtitles
+SUB electronic live subtitling (below the image)
INT Intertitles
Countries
AT Austria
FRG Federal Republic of Germany (historic)
BLR Belarus
DE Germany
CAN Canada
GDR German Democratic Republic (historic)
EGY Egypt
FR France
GB Great Britain
URY Uruguay
BRA Brasil
SWE Sweden
UKR Ukraine
PL Poland
IDN Indonesia
PRT Portugal
HRV Croatia
ECU Ecuador
HUN Hungary
AUS Australia
IT Italy
MEX Mexico
IND India
Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey was one of the founders of the Women’s Event of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1972. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Film at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of the ‘landmark’ essay and feminist manifesto ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ (1975). Furthermore, she is author of – inter alia – Visual and Other Pleasures (Macmillan 1989/2009) and Death Twenty- four Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (Reaktion Books 2006), that again touched a contemporary nerve with, that is, the shift from traditional to digital modes of spectatorship, as well as three co-edited collections of essays. She made six ‘essay films’ in collaboration with Peter Wollen including Riddles of the Sphinx (British Film Institute 1977; dvd 2013) and Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (Arts Council 1980). She has received four honorary doctorates and is an honorary member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

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