Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Can't Stop Watching This



This video was linked at Oliver Willis's site last night, and watched it three times in a row, laughing uproariously. I've been sending the link to friends, and finally decided I should post it here.

I was talking to someone yesterday about how the action spectacle seems to have absorbed a lot of the musical's old audience: the choreography of Angelina Jolie flipping over a subway car seems more attractive to modern audiences than watching Cyd Charisse's leg slip down Astaire's shoulder (alas). The mashup above seems to confirm that overlap, but also acts as the musical's revenge: by cleverly cutting on movement and color, it suggests that within every po-faced sci-fi spectacular lies a desire to simply dance.

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