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15 AUGUST 2013

Busby Berkeley: choreographing the epic visual spectacle

"Berkeley's choreography is important less for its movement of the dancers than for its movement of the camera. To overcome the limitations of sound stages, he ripped out walls and drilled through ceilings and dug trenches for his film crews. When a desired effect could not be accomplished with traditional film equipment, he had his budget expanded to include costs for developing custom rigs. His innovations explored ideas that the stationary camera could not. He wanted to take the audience through waterfalls and windows. He wanted lines of dancers to fall away to reveal scenery that in turn would fall away to expose an even larger setting. His dreams were big, but his determination to see them actualized was even bigger.

Even his worst attempts resulted in eminently watchable movies of exhilarating movement, but his best efforts produced startling effects that bordered on surrealistic dream states. In the quintessential Berkeley films Footlight Parade (1933) and 42nd Street (1933), cameras mounted on tracks are sent soaring past a multitude of dancing legs, flailing arms and orchestra instruments. In all, he directed more than twenty musicals, including an underwater sequence with aquatic star Esther Williams."

(Scott Smith, 6 February 2013, Keyframe)

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42nd Street (1933) • aesthetic spectacleBusby Berkeleycamera angle • camera movement • camera rig • choreographic imaginationchoreographies for camerachoreographydance • dance productions • dancers • dancing legs • design formalismentertainment spectacle • Esther Williams • figures in space • flailing arms • Footlight Parade (1933) • geometryglamourgroupingkaleidoscopelegs • Lloyd Bacon • mirrored effectmovementmusical (genre)perspective viewscenerysound stage • stationary camera • surrealist stylesymmetry • underwater sequence • visual designvisual effectsvisual spectaclevisual spectacular • waterfa

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Simon Perkins
07 SEPTEMBER 2011

Tunnel box miniature theatre of garden scene with dancers

"Title devised by cataloger. The set includes six hand–colored etched prints on light gray laid paper, with sections carefully cut out to create a perspective view when the prints are arranged in a viewing box. The prints are numbered 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, and 378. The set number (56) appears on print no. 378; the prints are otherwise without text.

Attributed to the engraver and print–seller Martin Engelbrecht of Augsburg, Germany. Artists Jeremias Wachsmuth or David Nessenthaler may have collaborated on the illustrations."

(Smithsonian Institution)

Fig. 1 Martin Engelbrecht [Garden scene with dancers, to be used as the set for a miniature theatre]

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2D3D space • amusements • Augsburg • dancers • David Nessenthaler • diorama • engraver • etchingfigures in spaceframe • garden scene • Germany • hand-coloured • illustrationin a box • Jeremias Wachsmuth • layer • Martin Engelbrecht • miniature • miniature theatre • optical toypaper dioramapapercraftperspectiveperspective viewproscenium archSmithsonian Institutespace-frametatebankotheatre • theatrical set • tunnel booktunnel box • viewing box • visual design

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Simon Perkins
08 MAY 2011

CNNNN: Chaser Non-Stop News Network

[The Chaser team present their criticism of contemporary Australian news and current affairs through their "newstainment" parody which includes stock exchange rates performed by their Dow Jones Dancers, current affairs presented through their Blankety News Blanks game show and news through their Chippendaily News and News Bingo.]

Fig.1 "CNNNN Golden Moments of Newstainment"

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ABC TV (Australia)Australia • Blankety News Blanks • Chaser Non-Stop News Network • Chippendaily News • Chippendales • CNNNNcriticismculture jammingcurrent affairscynicismdancers • Dow Jones • Dow Jones Dancers • game show • golden moments • medianews and current affairs • News Bingo • newstainmentparodysatire • Simon Crean • stock exchange • stupiditytaking the pissThe Chaser teamtrivialisation

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Simon Perkins
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