Dance Girl, Dance

12 – 30 March, 2024

The screening on Thurs 14 March (20.40) will have an extended introduction to the Dorothy Arzner CineMasters season, by Lauren Clarke of Invisible Women.

‘What’s it for? So you can go home when the show’s over, strut before your wives and sweethearts and play at being the stronger sex for a minute?’

The high kicking crown jewel of Dorothy Arzner’s oeuvre, Dance Girl Dance played a key role in the filmmaker’s rediscovery in the 1970s after it was reclaimed by a new generation of feminist critics drawn to the film’s subversive take on the male gaze. This wildly enjoyable curtain-raiser melodrama hinges on the competitive relationship between two ambitious chorus girls, doe-eyed ballerina Judy O’Brien (Maureen O’Hara) and sharp witted bombshell Bubbles (a sensational, pre-I Love Lucy Lucille Ball), as the pair are pitted against each other as rivals in both their professional and personal lives. Still remarkable for both its full-blooded exploration of the complexities of female friendship and its fourth-wall breaking critique of the exploitative dynamics of spectatorship, Dance Girl Dance is a must-see, a radical glitter bomb ignited in the heart of classic Hollywood.

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Screening as part of our CineMasters: Dorothy Arzner season, curated by archive activists Invisible Women

GFT 12 Rose Street, G3 6RB


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