Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Modern Busby Berkeley

As someone who loves old dance movies, it's impossible to not admire the work of Busby Berkeley. His elaborate formations of chorus girls were frequently copied, but most imitators didn't notice that he had a coherent vision that led from one shape or image to another. Modern day directors who direct action sequences have a similar sense - you watch they fight scenes and you know who is fighting whom, who is winning, and why you care. Unlike, say Michael Bay, where you can't tell which Transformers in in the fight and what's going on.

In any case, we had lunch at the mall food court a few days ago (I know, for shame!), and a Korean "bibimbap" shop was running this commercial over their storefront. Brilliant, like Busby himself.

More detail on how it was creating to promote the globalization of Korean food.


mayberry said...

Cool! I should show to my synchronized skater.

Bob said...

Nice photos. They do look alike.

I'm glad you mentioned that you can't tell who is the bad Transformer when they fight. I can't either and I thought I was the only one. The only time one can tell is if one is yellow or one is red. But in the main fight scene, both bodies are black and what's the fun of watching if you can't tell who's who.

Asianmommy said...

Very cool! I've always been in awe of synchronized swimmers.