Diane in Chorus Line
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Diane in Chorus Line
Kato, how come you put me in the chorus line?
Well … I watched “A Chorus Line” on March 16.
I see… You viewed it on last Saturday. It is your 210th movie. Ummm … So, you’ve turned into a cinephile, huh?
You’re telling me, Diane.
I think you’re spending too much time on movies these days. Why don’t you find a nice girl to talk with on Saturday nights?
I’ve been thinking about it. Then, I saw an Italian movie—“Cronaca di un amore (Story of a love affair)”—my 214th movie—on last Wednesday.
Strory of a love affair?
Oh, yes, it was an extremely fascinating and thrilling movie.
Did you like it?
Yes and no.
What do you mean by that?
Well … you see…Like the movie, if I find a nice girl, our passion will rekindle once again, and we even get to the point where we are thinking about murdering her boyfriend. So I come to conclusion that, although I like the movie, I’ve decided not to find a nice girl. I don’t want to kill anybody.
I suppose you’ve jumped to a foolish conclusion.
What makes you think so?
Kato, the above movie is a fiction. Don’t take it too seriously.
You’re wrong, Diane. The above movie was made because the director (Michelangelo Antonioni) got an inspiration by the actual Bellentani murder—a big sensation at the time. It was a crime of passion within the Milanese upper middle classes. This murder disturbed Michelangelo in some way and interested him. You see, the movie is NOT a mere fiction.
Anyway, talking about “A Chorus Line,” what on earth made you get so excited?
Well … you’re taking a yoga class, right?
Yes, I’m taking a yoga class. So what?
Well … all the dancers in a chorus line are in a good shape. So are the students in your yoga class, which reminds me of this exciting movie.
A Chorus Line (1985)
But, Kato, we don’t jump and hop in my yoga class. The movements are quite slow and delicate, you know.
Yes, I know … I know…
And you still want me to stand in a chorus line, don’t you?
Oh yes, it would be quite nice if you dance among the guys in the above chorus line, wouldn’t it?
It seems to me that yoga and modern dance are quite different.
I don’t think so. Yoga and modern dance have things in common. First of all, I seldom see fat guys and gals taking a yoga class or a modern-dance class.
Yes, that’s right to a certain extent, but once in a while, a fat woman joins the class, you know.
Well… there’s always an exception to the rule, Diane.
What else is in common?
Inspiration and fascination in both yoga and modern dance! Watch the following clip.
A Chorus Line – Finale
A Chorus Line – Surprise
But, what makes you get so fascinated?
Well … The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997.
Is that right?
Besides, it is also the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the US, until surpassed in 2011 by “Chicago.” It remains the sixth longest-running Broadway show ever. So it must be a good piece of entertainment!
But some critics say that the director made a more or less straightforward film version that was fatally halfhearted.
You’re absolutely right on. I’ve heard it myself, but I think the director (Richard Attenborough) did a great job working within the limitations, using every trick he could think of to keep the picture moving with the grit and drive of the original stage production.
Are you sure about that?
Oh, yes. If you’re in doubt, watch the following documentary.
A Chorus Line Documentary
Wow! It’s really fascinating, isn’t it?
Yes, you’re telling me, Diane.
But I think it is too hard for you to join the chorus line. Why don’t you joing my yoga class? The movements are nice and slow, you know.
Well … I’ll think about it.
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
A Chorus Line is a 1985 musical film directed by Richard Attenborough.
The screenplay by Arnold Schulman is based on the Tony Award-winning book of the 1975 stage production of the same name by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.
A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production directed by Zach (Michael Douglas).
After the initial eliminations, sixteen hopefuls remain.
Arriving late is former lead dancer Cassie (Alyson Reed) who once had a tempestuous romantic relationship with Zach but left him to take a job in Hollywood.
Now she hasn’t worked in over a year, and is desperate enough for work to even just be part of the chorus line and audition for him.
Whether he’s willing to let professionalism overcome his personal feelings about their past remains to be seen.
As the film unfolds, the backstory of each of the dancers is revealed.
Some are funny, some ironic, some heartbreaking.
No matter what their background, however, they all have one thing in common – a passion for dance.