Greatest Song and Dance
Musical Moments and Scenes


Greatest Song and Dance Musical Moments and Scenes
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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Easter Parade (1948)

This memorable MGM film by director Charles Waters was set in 1912, with a storyline of how vaudeville dancer Don Hewes (Fred Astaire, coming out of retirement) turned an aspiring chorus girl protege Hannah Brown (Judy Garland) into a star after he was dropped by his Broadway-bound dance partner Nadine Hale (Ann Miller).

This was Astaire's and Garland's first and only teaming together, and producer Arthur Freed's fifth collaboration with composer Irving Berlin. The film won the Academy Award for Best Musical Score.

It was filled with seventeen Irving Berlin songs, including:

  • the dance number It Only Happens When I Dance With You (pictured) between Astaire and partner Ann Miller in a hotel suite
  • Miller's strong song/dance rendition of Shakin' the Blues Away
  • Astaire's slow-motion version of Steppin' Out With My Baby
  • the gleeful Astaire/Garland comic duet (We're) A Couple of Swells (pictured) while dressed as tramps
  • the opening rendition of Happy Easter
  • the marvelous vaudeville montage sequence with Astaire and Garland entitled When That Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam (pictured)
  • and the closing performance of the title number Easter Parade (pictured twice)

8 Mile (2002)

This semi-biographical urban drama included Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith Jr.'s (controversial rap star Eminem) performance of the Oscar-winning Best Song Lose Yourself (pictured twice)

("You better lose yourself in the music, the moment / You own it, you better never let it go, oh / You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow / This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, oh")

The rap song was ranked # 93 on the AFI list of the 100 Greatest Songs from American Films!

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Writer/actor/director Woody Allen attempted to recapture the era of Hollywood musicals with this musical comedy and a large cast (mostly non-professional dancers and singers).

The soundtrack contained many old 30s and 40s standards, such as non-singing actor Edward Norton (as Holden) singing Just You, Just Me in the opening scene and My Baby Just Cares for Me (pictured).

One memorable song in a hospital setting was the old standard Makin' Whoopee (pictured).

And in the 'ghostly' number Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) (pictured), spirits came alive and danced at a funeral:

"Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink The years go by, as quickly as you wink Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think."

It also included a romantic, graceful, and gravity-defying flying dance between divorced couple Joe (Woody Allen) and Steffi (Goldie Hawn) on the banks of the Seine River in Paris on Christmas Eve (with homage to Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in An American in Paris (1951)) after she wistfully sang I'm Thru With Love (pictured).

Also memorable was the song/dance Hooray for Captain Spaulding (pictured) with a decorated ballroom full of dancing Groucho Marxs.

Evita (1996)

Director and screenwriter Alan Parker honored Tim Rice's book of the musical play Evita and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1978 Broadway musical in this melodramatic and musical screen adaptation. The film was most notable for its record number of costume changes (85).

The wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, Eva Duarte Perón (pop singer Madonna) emotionally belted out Don't Cry For Me, Argentina (pictured) from a balcony (filmed in Buenos Aires' Casa Rosada presidential palace) to an adoring crowd.

The film's only original new song You Must Love Me (pictured), in which Evita pleaded for loving reassurance, was an Oscar winner (music by Webber and lyrics by Rice) for Best Original Song, although Madonna was snubbed for an acting nomination.

Greatest Song and Dance Musical Movie Moments and Scenes
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