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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Bolero, 1934

An exquisite treat from 1934: Carole Lombard and George Raft in BOLERO. I knew Raft had been a dancer (like Clifton Webb) but had not seen him dance before. Lombard is as divine as ever ... 

This is the story of an egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, his determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him, a dancing partner named Helen. (The highlight of the film is a dance performed atop a circular stage to a truncated version of Ravel's "Bolero."). Co-direted by Wesley Ruggles and an uncredited Mitchell Leisen, Lombard and Raft were doubled in the more difficult steps by Veloz & Yolanda.

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