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Lista: 10 cenas marcantes de dança do cinema

Com o novo filme de Quentin Tarantino já em cartaz, ‘Os 8 Odiados’ (que espero ver o quanto antes), me veio a recordação de uma das melhores cenas do cinema, dirigida justamente por ele: a dança de John Travolta e Uma Thurman em Pulp Fiction.

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Com essa cena em mente, tentei recordar das melhores danças que já vi nos filmes. Com certeza muitos passinhos dançantes ficaram de fora, mas aqui vai o meu top 10. E para você, qual é a sua lista?

1 – Pulp Fiction

Dá uma ligada neste vídeo de bastidores do filme de 1994 e saca só Tarantino dançando junto com os atores. Demais!

2 – Curtindo a Vida Adoidado

Filme que marcou uma geração, com a música Twist and Shout.

3 – De Volta para o Futuro

A cena de Michael J. Fox cantando e tocando Johnny B. Good no baile de seus pais já valeria o ingresso do cinema.

4 – Grease

‘Tell me more, tell me more’, cantavam os personagens na arquibancada de um estádio e numa mesa da cantina da faculdade nesse musical, na canção Summer Nights.

5 – Os Embalos de Sábado à Noite

John Travolta é mesmo um dançarino e cá está ele de novo na lista. Aliás, ele fez uma das danças mais marcantes do cinema neste filme de 1977, com a música ‘you should be dance’, dos Bee Gees.

6 – Dançando na chuva

Gene Kelly, um guarda-chuva e a água caindo do céu. Cena histórica deste filme de 1952.

7 – Quero ser Grande

Mais um filme que está entre os meus melhores e com uma cena clássica: Tom Hanks ‘tocando’ um gigante teclado na loja de brinquedos em que trabalha.

8 – Quase Famosos

Filme que conta a história de um jovem que acompanha uma banda para escrever uma história para a revista Rolling Stones. Nesta cena, dentro de um ônibus, eles começam a cantar Tiny Dancer, de Elton John. Não é bem uma dança, mas aqui entra a ‘licença poética’.

9 – Os Irmãos Caras de Pau

Um filme para quem gosta de blues, um ótimo filme para quem gosta de boa música. ‘Every body need some body’ é o nome da música deste cena.

10 – Os fantasmas se divertem

Tim Burton fez os atores dançarem nesta cena de um jantar, com a canção Day-Oh!, por Harry Belafonte. O cara é mesmo um gênio.

Passado esse top 10, coloco mais dois de lambuja que acabei lembrando depois.

Dirty Dancing

A dança final de Jennifer Grey e Patrick Swayze, ao som de 'Time of my life' não poderia ficar de fora desta lista.

Madagascar

‘Eu me remexo muito’ é engraçado. E uma animação merecia fazer parte da lista. Muitas outras músicas são melhores que essa (como Hakuna Matata, do Rei Leão), mas aqui valeu a dança misturada com a música.

Hollywood

My Trip to LA: Discovering Venues

Being from California, it surprised me that I never visited Hollywood- that famous (or infamous) few blocks in Los Angeles where the stars supposedly roam about, drinking lattes and shmoozing.  I figured, if I dress decently and pretend like I know where I'm going, I'll fit in.  After all, I'm from California.  OK- NorCal, but that's still California.  You see, this state is split up into 'northern' ("NorCal") and 'southern' ("SoCal").  Both sides are always half-joking of splitting off (see how we differ below). We say in NorCal that they take all of our water and natural resources.  I guess they say in SoCal that we take their culture, except Hollywood culture is proliferated worldwide.  It's the undisputed seat of globalized media. And it's kind of fun, too.

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First things first.  I had to find one of those Hollywood stars- no not the latte-sipping type- the stars embedded into the sidewalk bearing the names of great figures of film, music, and T.V. history.  It didn't take long:

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

Turns out, these stars are everywhere!  I only recognized a few names- a bit before my time- but it felt nostalgic to be walking on the lanes of movie history.  There were even a number of stars with no names at all.  I imagined that mine might go in one. This is definitely the place to fantasize- so no harm done.

The night was falling and a friend- a local guitarist- invited me to see him perform at- I kid you not- the Getty!  The Getty is this incredible museum on the outskirts of the city that a wealthy magnate donated to the Golden State.  It houses incredible collections of art, but I still haven't been inside.  I was there to see my friend perform with a crew of talented jamming musicians.  I danced my butt off in the warm humidity of the falling sun.  Check out some shots of the museum's expansive courtyards:

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

After the sun sets, the Getty really shines.

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

Watching an old buddy jamming on stage is just too much!

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

I then headed back to the place I was crashing at- happens to be a contact of mine who is a very hard working pop-music producer.  I could have just relaxed but wanted to do some more partying.  Remember- this was my first time in Hollywood! I decided to walk down to the 'strip' (the few blocks of Hollywood with most of the action) and find a club, bar, or other distraction.  I happened upon a club with new looking neon lights that read "PROJECT".  I was thinking art project.  Turns out to be a reference to public housing projects.  I unwittingly paid my way into a strictly hip-hop establishment.  I could have turned around at that moment, but I decided to get a couple of drinks and give it a shot. You see, while I grew up like most other Californians on hip-hop and while many of my beats are greatly influenced by rap instrumentals, I just don't listen to it much these days. I find the lyrics usually to be annoying or even offensive, so I generally listen to instrumental music, like EDM or classical.  It didn't take me long however to notice that the sound system in PROJECT is amazing (see below).  I wasn't paying attention to the lyrics at all.  The bass sounded too good!  Also, hip-hop clubs are some of the only clubs where people actually dance... eh' hem... together.  So I decided to go out on a limb and have a great time in a music club that I typically would not enter.  

Regardless of the lyrics of popular hip-hop, it is ultimately mixed and mastered in some of the worlds top recording studios by expert sound engineers. That's why the bass and every other part of the music sounds so good. Even if the original composer did not know too much about mixing audio- the folks at the multi-national media company do.  I also have to point out that dance clubs are great places to hear music.  Rarely have I been to a dance club and they've had a bad sound system.  Some are even great quality, like PROJECT.

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

PROJECT boasts a legendary "Funktion-One" Sound System.  If a club has Funktion-One installed, worth giving it a shot.  Disclaimer, I've been to a nightclub that claimed to have such a system, but either didn't or didn't know how to use it.  Sounded cheap.  That San Francisco night club has since disappeared.

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

But, mostly, in SoCal, I was doing a lot of this:

My Trip to LA:  Discovering Venues

Might be a bit of a drive from San Francisco... but I'll be heading back down soon!

#music #nightclubs #producing #djs #sound #musician #losangeles #hollywood #la #edm #hiphop #dancing

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