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The art of cinema and the art of dance have long gone hand in hand. Some of the earliest images committed to film at the turn of the last century involved the depiction of burlesque or ballet dancers. To celebrate that long tradition, one fan has edited together a brilliant mashup featuring 100 of the most iconic dances ever seen in movies. Check the video out below and get caught up in the rhythm yourself.
YouTuber What’s The Mashup? begins the mashup as Mark Ronson’s "Uptown Funk" starts to play. Slow clapping – familiar to anyone who has tuned into a pop radio station within the last year – commences while the characters such as Rocky Balboa and Napoleon Dynamite slowly jive to the beat. After a brief build up, the song gets going and the video expertly cuts together a myriad of iconic movies – across all genres and eras of filmmaking – together in nigh perfect tempo with the beat. Not limited to just dance numbers, the types of dance range anywhere between full blown dance numbers, and little private jigs known only to the character themselves. From Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction to the Butabi Brothers in A Night at the Roxbury, to even the Ewoks, the entire video plays like a jubilant experience that simultaneously celebrates cinema, dancing, and whimsy in general.
Fan creations of this sort started becoming prevalent as far back as the invention of YouTube. They can range from showdowns between iconic characters that have never done battle on film before, or edits of classic films that completely alter the story and genre of the tale. Just a couple weeks ago, the Hell’s Club video took the Internet by storm. In that instance, a savvy fan cleverly edited several classic movies together in order to make it seem as though numerous famous movie characters had convened as a fictitious nightclub for a night of dancing, drinking, and all around action. These types of mashups most certainly speak to the iconography of the films and characters chosen to inhabit them. It shows that even devoid of the context of their stories, these characters can take on new life in the hands of some savvy fans. These mashups also have the effect of getting fans involved with the figures that they love, creating a sense of involvement and contribution to the overall cultural zeitgeist.
If you haven’t checked out the video by now, do yourself a favor and give it a view at least once today. It’s good, lighthearted fun that can seriously brighten your day and make you want to do a little dance yourself.