Directed by dance legend Bob Fosse, “All That Jazz” was a semi-autobiographical film that showed the choreographer/director’s “work hard, play hard” lifestyle which eventually left him hospitalized.
The film’s most moving scene is when the icon is in the hospital yet another time and begins hallucinating about his life. The costumes, dance moves, and themes explored in this scene are extremely powerful as audiences get a look into the mind of one of the biggest geniuses in dance history as he comes to grips with his own mortality.
“Stayin’ Alive” Bar Scene in “Airplane”
"Airplane" is often called one of the funniest films ever made. Not content with just making fun of the popular disaster films, the creators of this satire film also poked fun at the disco craze of the ‘70s with their infamous “Stayin’ Alive” dance scene.
Though Robert Hays is no John Travolta, audiences couldn’t stop laughing at his over-the-top dance routine at the dive bar. From hilarious tosses in the air to zinging one-liners, this dance scene is just as funny today as it was when the movie premiered!
Bumble’s Bold Moves in “Happy Feet”
It's not just humans that can show off their moves! Using the slippery ice of Antarctica as his dance floor, Mumble the penguin danced his way across the frozen landscape and into the audience’s hearts in the animated film “Happy Feet."
What makes his flipper-tastic performance of “Boogie Wonderland” so amazing is that the dance scene was actually performed by real dancers whose moves were animated using motion capture technology. Mumble’s performance is actually acted out by tap dance and choreography legend, Savion Glover. It’s hard not to fall in love with this memorable scene!
Al Fresco Dance Party in “Call Me by Your Name”
While some dance scenes feature choreographed moves or impressive costumes, the dance scene in the critically acclaimed film, “Call Me by Your Name” resonates thanks to its realism. In the scene, Elio looks on longingly as his crush Oliver dances without abandon.
The jealousy and sadness he feels are in complete contrast to Oliver’s carefree moves. Just as the audiences think the two will dance together, Elio begins dancing with another person. The emotion and sultry summer ambiance of the scene make viewers feel like they are right there with the characters.
Dancing to David Bowie in “A Knight’s Tale”
Though “A Knight’s Tale” could have stuck to classical music in order to keep in line with the film’s medieval setting, the film chose to include contemporary music in some of the major scenes. One example is playing Queen’s powerful “We Will Rock You” during one of the jousting tournaments.
Viewers got another surprise during a dance scene between the late Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon to David Bowie’s “Golden Years.” The dance seems to begin traditionally enough but soon slowly morphs into a delightfully trippy dance thanks to Bowie’s vocals.