For March Cinema Classics, we’re proud to present DANCE, GIRL, DANCE, screening on glorious 35mm as a part of Feminist March.
DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (1940) Until she retired in 1943, Dorothy Arzner was the only female director in Hollywood. DANCE, GIRL, DANCE, perhaps Arzner’s most well known film, is an overt critique of female subjugation. Maureen O’Hara stars as Judy O’Brien, an aspiring ballerina who is forced to earn a living as a dancer in a burlesque troupe. She soon becomes embroiled in a rivalry with the troupe’s queen bee, the brassy Bubbles, played by Lucille Ball. Making much use of Ball’s budding comedic talents and O’Hara’s winsome appeal, Arzner and screenwriter Tess Slesinger transform what could have been a typical backstage melodrama into a bracing film about female solidarity, strength, and independence.
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