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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Dorothy Arzner, the sole woman to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and early ’40s, brings a subversive feminist sensibility to this juicily entertaining backstage melodrama. A behind-the-footlights look at friendship, jealousy, and ambition in the ruthless world of show business, Dance, Girl, Dance follows the intertwining fates of two chorus girls: a starry-eyed dancer (Maureen O’Hara) who dreams of making it as a ballerina and the brassy gold digger (a scene-stealing Lucille Ball) who becomes her rival both on the stage and in love. The rare Hollywood film of the era to deal seriously with issues of female artistic struggle and self-actualization, Arzner’s film is a rich, fascinating statement from an auteur decades ahead of her time.

    FILM INFO
    • Dorothy Arzner
    • United States
    • 1940
    • 90 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.37:1
    • English
    • Spine #1028

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • New introduction by critic B. Ruby Rich
      • New selected-scene commentary featuring film historian Cari Beauchamp
      • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley
      New cover by Jody Hewgill

      May 20, 2020
     
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    Ronald Epstein

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    I am a bit surprised that an RKO B movie with Lucille Ball as "Bubbles", a "dancer/stripper", will be getting a Criterion restored in 4K release. Trivia- Desi Arnaz first saw Lucille Ball while she was making this movie. She was in makeup to look beat up after a fight scene . He didn't know how she was cast to play the ingénue in the film he was there to make "Too Many Girls" which is where they actual meet.

    If I could choose a RKO Lucille Ball film for the Criterion collection it would be "Five Came Back"
     
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    Hell, I never even heard of this movie so it has me intrigued with buying this Criterion release.
     
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    This could be a hit in my house. Lucille Ball for my wife, Maureen O’Hara for me!
     
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    You've got to brush up on women directors, Robert.:)
     
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    There's a lot of things I need to brush up on, but there is only 24 hours in each day.:D
     
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    Even as retirees, I must agree with you.
     
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    A most intriguing choice. Not even in the top 25 RKO titles I would have predicted from Criterion. I’ve seen it a few times over the years and can barely remember anything but Lucille Ball’s performance and some lively backstage atmosphere.

    I’m inspired to take another look and find out why this film caught their attention.
     
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    Here is a clip from the movie with Lucille Ball. No spoilers.

     
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    Well, I'm surprised but pleased. I like this film and I love that moment when Maureen O'Hara gives the audience a piece of her mind. Yeah, I'm looking forward to this.
     
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    Wow! Knock me over! This one came out of left field. And a 4K restoration on top of it. Good film, though. I'll be picking this RKO title up.
     

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