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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

So they think they can dance: The Nicholas Brothers

When Bruce Goldstein—Repertory Programming Director of New York’s Film Forum, editor of its quarterly repertory film calendar, and founder of the classic film distribution company Rialto Pictures—talks, you should listen.

While he's at Emory to screen a show that promises more zingers than tonight's presidential debate: William Castle's camp/horror classic The Tingler as part of the Special Effects series, (Tonight at 7:30 PM in White Hall, not the Plaza at had previously been reported), Mr. Goldstein will stick around tomorrow to deliver a special program showcasing the Nicholas Brothers, a dancing duo largely unknown by contemporary audiences despite their mad acrobatic skills, spellbinding synchronized tap and nut-busting splits bound to make male viewers wince.

Here's a terrific example of the brothers busting moves to Cab Calloway's "Jumpin' Jive" in the film Stormy Weather (the dance part starts at 1:30):

The conversation, which will include more toe-tapping clips, is free on Thursday October 4th 7:30pm, in White Hall 205. Here's complete information after the jump:

The fabulous Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000), are among the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Despite racial hurdles, the self-taught African American entertainers became one of the biggest musical acts of their time, headlining on Broadway, radio, and television and in vaudeville and nightclubs. Known for effortless balletic moves, elegant tap dancing, perfect rhythms, and jaw-dropping leaps, flips, and splits — along with a consummate grace and sly sense of humor — the Olympian brothers are in the end impossible to categorize.

Under Goldstein’s direction, Film Forum’s repertory screen has premiered virtually every major film restoration of the past two decades, making it the country’s preeminent showcase for classic cinema. As founder and co-president of Rialto, he has reissued over 50 international classics in cinemas across the U.S. Among his awards are a CableAce, two Telly Awards, a D.W. Griffith Award from the National Board of Review, two New York Film Critics Circle special awards, the National Society of Film Critics special “Heritage Award”, the Anthology Film Archives special award and the San Francisco Film Festival’s prestigious Mel Novikoff Award. In 2002, he received the French Order of “Chevalier” of Arts & Letters.

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