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AMERICA DANCES! 1897-1948: A Collectors Edition of Social Dance in Film
AMERICA DANCES 1897-1948 A Collectors Edition of Social Dance in Film
Actors: Irene and Vernon Castle, Leon James, Al Minns, Whitney's Lindy Hop
Director: Carol Teten
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
G     2003     1hr 15min

More than 60 Original Film Clips including Silent Films, Newsreels, Instructional Films, Feature Films This exciting new video/DVD offers an opportunity to see rare historical clips of 'dance in film' which have been lo...  more »

     
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Actors: Irene and Vernon Castle, Leon James, Al Minns, Whitney's Lindy Hop
Director: Carol Teten
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Art & Artists, Educational, History
Studio: Dancetime Publications
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/21/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Throwing pearls before geeks
A techno geek | Kihei, Maui, HI USA | 12/09/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD presents and incomparable collection of historic dance clips. But whoever is behind Dancetime Publications hasn't got a clue about handling historical material. They ripped out the original soundtracks and replaced them with a ragtime piano track that has nothing to do with either the rhythm of the dancers or the music of the periods. Get this DVD --- because I know of no other source to see these dance clips --- but be prepared to turn the sound off, and wonder how anyone could have blown it this bad in their concept of historical preservation."
Enjoyable exposť
Ersa | Sweden | 08/10/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"There are a lot of interesting authentic clips on this DVD. I consider this to be a must have for anyone who is lost in early 20th century social dancing. I have not seen most of these before. But the off beat piano track is a shame."
Great collection of short clips, turn off the volume
underwater kiss | ny | 01/31/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"If you have never seen any vintage clips, this is a great collection. classic moves, and clear depiction of styles. But the soundtrack!
The solo piano presents such an utterly superficial (bordering on ignorant) impression of what the actual soundtracks might have been (swing, latin, etc.), that is better to just turn off the volume, it is that annoying. Obviously a big job for a pianist, but in this case, way too big a job for the talent available. If you are going to overdub a soundtrack, and charge your retail price, show some knowledge of the period musical styles!"
Only for dance history buffs
Wendy Brickman | 06/25/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a dance history buff, you might enjoy this, but be warned--the material appears to be mostly fuzzy public domain film clips, nothing from familiar films. "Social Dance IN Film" suggests that it has film clips--it should be "Social Dance ON Film." Also, most if not all of the music is just a badly-synchronized piano--even films from the sound era are accompanied by this piano. (Couldn't they keep the original tracks? ...or are music rights preventing their use?) The audio is really pathetic. If you are only interested in the movement of dance, then you might like it."