Sunday, October 4, 2009

On Dancing

Although not popular by any means now, I love the old Hollywood musicals. Since the last best one was made ten years before I was born, I don't know many people my age who agree. But there are some new movies that cater to today's audiences but have some elegance about them. I recently saw Take the Lead, with Antonio Banderas, on DVD, which fit the bill.

Mr. Banderas plays Pierre Dulane (a Spaniard with a French name, no?) who ends up being an inner-city ballroom dance teacher, as improbable as it may seem. Mr. Dulane, however, is vintage elegance today. He teaches graciousness, manners, respect, and, of course, the tango, the foxtrot, and the rhumba. What fun. Although not perfect, I adore the scenes where Mr. Dulane opens doors for people, addresses people with respect, and generally has an air about him that makes people stand up straight and smile with a twinkle in their eyes. Dear Hollywood, more of this please. Thank you.

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