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Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

Jeffrey Spivak

Abstract

Busby Berkeley was the premier dance director of motion pictures. His originality and sharply defined style brought him professional acclaim and financial reward. He saved a studio from bankruptcy and a doomed genre from senescence. He wasn't a choreographer. According to “Buzz”, choreographers were defined with artists such as Agnes de Mille. He defined “dance directing”. Busby Berkeley was a specialist in the best and limiting sense of the word. For musical pictures, he had no stylistic equal, yet he films he directed outside his purview were often middling and anonymous, lacking the imprima ... More

Keywords: Busby Berkeley, Buzz, dance director, motion pictures, choreography, dance directing, films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813126432
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Spivak, author