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Exact Words: Chick is intensely jealous of Bill but puts him

05.06.2013 by Elena JJJ | Filed under Без рубрики.

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Stormy Weather (1943) follows the life and times of Bill Williamson (Bill Robinson), a dancer looking to make it big, and his relationship with beautiful singer, Selina Rogers (Lena Horne).Thin on plot, but a complete orgy of the greatest black performers (greatest performers, full stop) of the 30s and 40s. It has loads of classic musical numbers, swinging jazz, and great tap dance performances.Blackface: Of the black minstrel kind. Break Up Song: «Stormy Weather» is a classic one. The Cameo: Cab Calloway! The Nicholas Brothers! Fats Waller! Ada Brown! Career Versus Man: Bill wants to build a dream home for Selina and for her to quit her singing career and start a family with him. She decides not to. By the end, Selina changes her mind and decides to settle down with Bill. Dream Ballet: During the «Stormy Weather» number. Exact Words: Chick is intensely jealous of Bill but puts him in the show at Selina’s insistence. Selina extracts a promise from Chick to put Bill «at the very top» of the show. Cut to the next scene, when he’s an extra, in a perch at the very top of the set. Expy: Robinson plays one Bill Williamson, who hit it big in show business. Framing Device: Bill tells reminisces to his neighbour’s kids and most of the story is told in flashbacks. Gray Rain of Depression: What the song «Stormy Weather» is about. Jerkass: Selina’s boss. Jive Turkey: Cab totally confuses Bill with some «hep» talk, and it is awesome. Jukebox Musical: A lot of popular music from the 30s and 40s are used. Hey, Let’s Put on a Show: Cab invites Bill to do a routine for his show that’s entertaining soldiers before going off to WWII. Let’s Duet: The ending musical number is about a nervous Bill unable to knock on a lover’s door, but he ends up singing with her anyways. Love Theme: An orchestral reprise of «Stormy Weather» plays during Bill and Selina’s break up. May December Romance: Bill is a lot older than Selina. Mock Millionaire: Bill’s friend, the shoe shiner, pretends to be a very giving millionaire in order to stop some showgirls from striking. The Musical: Not a lot of story, really, but a hell of a lot of musical numbers. Romantic False Lead: Chick, the leader of Selina’s theater troupe, and Bill’s rival for her hand. He’s an obvious Jerkass who never stands a chance. Show Within a Show: Too many to count. Bill upstages one because of a Jerkass boss who won’t let him show off his talented tap dancing. Titled After the Song: The movie’s title is taken from the 1933 Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler song.

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