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Prologue

Jeffrey Spivak

in Buzz

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126432
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126432.003.0001
Prologue

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Busby Berkeley was a 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. “Buzz” Berkeley wasn't interested in dance steps and didn't know a “buck and wing” from a “shuffle and riffle”. Ascending a makeshift dumbwaiter twenty feet or higher above a cavernous soundstage, he peered into his large eyepiece and maneuvered his ensemble and his camera to the formations of his mind's eye as he dance-directed. This book presents colleague reminiscences, newspaper stories, legal documents, court records, studio memoranda, and never-before-published accounts from Berkeley's memoirs to describe the man.

Keywords: dance director; Busby Berkeley; motion pictures; Buzz Berkeley

Chapter.  920 words. 

Subjects: Film

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