Friday, July 16, 2010

The World Before Glee

Because the Tenants' purpose in life is instruction of the young, we don't want any of our readers under the age of 30 to have the impression that all muscial numbers in movies back in the day were as cheezy as the clip from Fame that we just posted.

Here, by way of illustration (and as something of a palate cleanser), is the opening sequence of Hair, released the previous year, which has better direction, substantially better cinematography, actual choreography (by Twyla Tharp), and even better costumes (although these were already retro at this point). Plus, Beverly D'Angelo before she married Clark Griswold.

The Tenants will leave for another day their excursus on the difference in worldview between the lyrics to "Aquarius" (1967) and the lyrics to "Fame" (1980) in relation to postindustrial capitalism, commodity culture, and the rise of the neo-liberal state. For the moment, let's just say that it's the difference between "you" and "me!".

BTW, if you need Danish subtitles, we've got you covered.

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