Invitation to the Dance (film)

Invitation to the Dance (film)

Infobox_Film
name = Invitation to the Dance


imdb_id=0049367
producer = Arthur Freed
director = Gene Kelly
writer = Gene Kelly
starring = Gene Kelly
Tamara Toumanova
Igor Youskevitch
Tommy Rall
music = Andre Previn
Jacques Ibert
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov| Conrad Salinger John Hollingsworth
cinematography = Joseph Ruttenberg Freddie Young
editing = Adrienne Fazan Raymond Poulton
Robert Watts
distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
released = flagicon|USA May 22, 1956 (NYC only)
flagicon|USA 1 March, 1957 (wide)
runtime = 93 min.
language = English

"Invitation to the Dance" is a 1956 anthology film consisting of three distinct stories, all starring and directed by Gene Kelly.

The film is unique in that it has no spoken dialogue, with the characters performing their roles entirely through dance and mime. Kelly appears in all three stories, which feature leading dancers of the era including Tommy Rall, Igor Youskevitch, Tamara Toumanova and Carol Haney.

The movie was filmed in 1952, but its release was delayed until 1956 because of doubts at MGM Studios about its commercial viability. The movie was a failure at the box office, but is regarded today as a landmark all-dance film.

Plot

The first segment, "Circus", set to original music composed for the film by Jacques Ibert, is a tragic love triangle set in a mythical land sometime in the past. Kelly plays a clown, who is in love with another circus performer, played by Claire Sombert. She, however, is in love with an aerialist, played by Youskevitch. To impress Ms. Sombert, the clown performs a dangerous high-wire act, and falls.

The second segment, "Ring Around the Rosy", set to original music by Andre Previn, tells several romantic stories tied by the exchange of a gold bracelet. The bracelet is originally given by a husband (David Paltenghi) to his wife Daphne Dale. She gives the ring to a flirtatious artist (Youskevitch), at a party, infuriating the husband, who stalks off. The artist gives the bracelet to a model (Claude Bessy), and the bracelet changes hands through various performers, eventually returning to the husband, who reunites with his wife.

The third segment. "Sinbad the Sailor", is a fantasy consisting of live action and cartoons set in the casbah of a Middle Eastern country. Kelly plays a sailor who is sold a magic lantern. This puts him in conflict with cartoon villains wielding swords, and falling in love with a cartoon harem girl. This segment includes unique dance sequences showing a live Kelly dancing with cartoon characters, and is set to the music of Rimsky Korsakov's "Scheherazade".

Awards

The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

External links

[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049367/ Invitation to the Dance on Internet Movie Database]

[http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/onsale07/doc07/program15invitationtothedance.html Invitation to the Dance review]

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