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Busby Berkeley

Just got a boxed set of his films. I''d seen a couple of the Gold Diggers films before, and I saw Dames for the first time tonight.\ \ I know the dance sequences are campy, but they''re also ingenious. It''s not just the intricacy of the numbers that amazes me. They''re mesmerizing and sometimes verge on visionary. Like sixty Ruby Keeler heads spinning in unison and dissolving to an enormous eye, and then the eye''s pupil opens like a camera shutter and Ruby herself shoots up through it, smiling and dewy, for an extreme close-up. Imagine what he''d do with today''s technology.

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