Here’s a posting that includes almost no contribution from me.
Which I think is just about right: the single clip that it contains is something about which I knew absolutely nothing before I’d seen it (it was shared online through a pal’s ‘social media’ account) — and, now that I have seen it, I’m aware that there’s nothing I could type at this point that would even come close to doing it justice…
Apparently it’s a routine called ‘Jumpin’ Jive’, from a 1943 film called Stormy Weather, and features Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing with the Nicholas Brothers. (And if I knew anything important about any of them, I’d tell you.)
And — as far as I can see — on a scale of one to ten, it’s a WOW!
From some text attached to the original uploading I gather that Fred Astaire once called this ‘the greatest dance number ever filmed.’ You may be able to see his point…
According to the Wikipedia entry for the film, ‘In 2001, Stormy Weather was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.’
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