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Invitation to the Dance (1956)

Invitation to the Dance (1956)

aka Invitation to the Dance

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Details: 93 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Host / Pierrot / The Marine / Sinbad
No_movie_poster The Lover / The Artist
No_movie_poster The Loved
No_movie_poster The Streetwalker
No_movie_poster Hat Check Girl
No_movie_poster Flashy Boyfriend
Small The Femme Fatale
No_movie_poster The Husband
No_movie_poster The Wife
No_movie_poster The Model
No_movie_poster The Crooner
No_movie_poster Scheherazade
No_movie_poster The Genie / Little Sailor
No_movie_poster Composer at Piano
Small The Marine
Small Sinbad
Small Pierrot
Small Host

Crew:

No_movie_poster Robert Watts Editor
No_movie_poster Arthur Freed Producer
No_movie_poster Freddie Young Director
No_movie_poster Raymond Poulton Editor
No_movie_poster Adrienne Fazan Editor
Small Gene Kelly Director
No_movie_poster Joseph Ruttenberg Director of Photography
Small Gene Kelly Writer
No_movie_poster Adrienne Fazan Editing
No_movie_poster Robert Watts Editing

Plot:

The first segment, "Circus", set to original music composed for the film by Jacques Ibert, is a tragic love triangle set in a mythical land sometime in the past. Kelly plays a clown, who is in love with another circus performer, played by Claire Sombert. She, however, is in love with an aerialist, played by Youskevitch.

The second segment, "Ring Around the Rosy", set to original music by André Previn, tells several romantic stories tied by the exchange of a gold bracelet. The bracelet is originally given by a husband (David Paltenghi) to his wife Daphne Dale. She gives it to a flirtatious artist (Youskevitch), at a party, infuriating the husband, who stalks off. The artist gives the bracelet to a model (Claude Bessy), and the bracelet changes hands through various performers, eventually returning to the husband, who reunites with his wife.

The third segment, "Sinbad the Sailor", is a fantasy consisting of live action and Hanna–Barbera-directed cartoons set in the casbah of a Middle Eastern country. Kelly plays a sailor who is sold a magic lantern. This puts him in conflict with cartoon villains wielding swords, and falling in love with a cartoon harem girl. This segment includes complex dance sequences showing a live Kelly dancing with cartoon characters; predating many ideas which reappeared in Mary Poppins. (Walt Disney was a friend of Gene Kelly's, and Disney animators provided technical consulting for the MGM animators on blending live action with animation for this film.) Use is also made of the original themes of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade by the MGM music department team of adapter Roger Edens, conductor Johnny Green and orchestrator Conrad Salinger.