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Strictly 2021: Everything you need to know about Robert Webb – age, wife and when did he get open heart surgery?

Diane Buswell, Robert Webb during the live show of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

Strictly Come Dancing has been adding glitter to Saturday nights since its return on Saturday 18 September.

The 2021 series has once again seen professional dancers take hopeful celebrities under their wing to perform on the Strictly ballroom – both for the judges and the voting public at home.

One of this year’s stars was comedian, actor, writer and presenter Robert Webb.

He was partnered with Dianne Buswell, with the pair performing a memorable Tango and Muppet-themed quickstep during their time together on the show.

But sadly, the Peep Show star has had to leave the competition on doctor’s orders, after experiencing symptoms related to his past open-heart surgery.

Find out all you need to know about his surgery, his career and his hilarious dancing past…

When did Robert Webb have heart surgery?

The comedian had emergency surgery in 2019 after a routine check-up revealed he had a heart murmur caused by a mitral valve prolapse.

Recalling the results of the echocardiogram in an interview with the Guardian, Webb said the doctor painted a pretty dire picture.

‘[He said] I’m not saying you’re going to have a heart attack in the next fortnight…

‘But if the problem isn’t addressed, then in the next two or four or six months… this heart will fail.’

He received the life-saving surgery swiftly after and was signed off work for three and a half months, later tweeting that his ‘heart had turned itself into a magimix blender.’

Ahead of starting the show, Webb had joked about mentioning his heart surgery as often as possible in a bid to win over the judges.

He told The Mirror: ‘I’m going to mention it as often as possible!

‘Actually, it’ll be the two year anniversary of my heart surgery on Halloween, so that will be the show where I get my scar covered in glitter.’

But now, after three weeks in the competition, Webb is calling an end to his Strictly journey after experiencing worrying symptoms in training.

In a statement, he said: ‘I’m extremely sorry to have to announce that I’m withdrawing from Strictly Come Dancing due to ill health.

‘Two years ago I had open heart surgery and although I believed I was fit enough to take on Strictly and its demanding schedule, it became clear that I had bitten off way more than I could chew for this stage in my recovery.

‘I had begun to feel symptoms that led me to seek an urgent consultation with my heart specialist, and it was her view that it would be better for the sake of my health to step back from the show.

‘I’m proud of the three dances that Dianne Buswell and I managed to perform and deeply regret having to let her down like this. I couldn’t have wished for a more talented partner or more patient teacher, and it’s a measure of Dianne’s professionalism and kindness that I was able to get as far as I did.

‘Thanks too to everyone at home who voted for us. It was always going to be a difficult mountain to climb (for one thing it’s made of glitter so it’s very skiddy) and I’ve been especially touched by the support from fellow heart patients. I think perhaps I was too eager to impress them.

‘They will know that recovery doesn’t always go in a straight line, and I hope they’re not too disappointed that I ran into the limits of my resilience much sooner than I’d hoped.

‘I leave knowing that Strictly viewers are in very safe hands and I’ll be cheering for my brother and sister contestants all the way to Christmas. Despite this sad ending, it has been a genuine honour to be part of this huge, joyful and barking mad TV show. Long may it continue.’

Who is Robert Webb?

Robert, 48, is a comedian, actor, writer and presenter, one of his best-known works being his starring role on Channel 4 series Peep Show.

David Mitchell and Robert Webb on Peep Show

As one half of the double comedy act Mitchell and Webb, with fellow Peep Show star David Mitchell, Robert has also appeared in shows including That Mitchell and Webb Look and sitcom The Smoking Room.

Robert has made numerous panel show appearances, being featured on series such as Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI.

He recently starred on sitcom Back with David, with series two airing earlier this year.

Who is Robert Webb’s wife?

Robert has been married to fellow comedian Abigail Burdess since 2006.

They live in north London with their two daughters.

Robert Webb and wife Abigail at the British Comedy Awards

When did Robert perform his Flashdance parody – how can I watch it?

The Peep Show star wasn’t a stranger to the world of dance before signing up to Strictly, having performed a memorable Flashdance parody for Comic Relief many moons ago.

In 2009, Robert channeled his best Alex Owens when he recreated her routine to ‘What A Feeling’ from the 1983 film Flashdance.

His performance was part of the BBC One programme Let’s Dance, which saw him dance in an effort to raise money for Comic Relief.

The comedian began his performance dressed in Alex’s welder uniform before revealing his leotard underneath, completing his look with a wig of unmistakable 80s curls.

After being saved by the public vote in the first week of the competition, Robert was eventually crowned the overall winner, having made it to the final in week four.

His series of Let’s Dance ended up raising an incredible £300,000 for Comic Relief.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 7pm

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April 15, 1983: "Flashdance" Was Released, Forever Changing Film, Fashion and Female Archetypes

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On April 15, 1983, “Flashdance” was released in movie theaters, inspiring us to take our passion, make it happen and dance right through our lives. In her big-screen debut, Jennifer Beals plays the aspiring professional dancer Alex Owens. Directed by Adrian Lyne, the film was a surprise box-office hit. “Flashdance” forever changed filmmaking, fashion, movie soundtracks, and female archetypes. The movie introduced audiences to a complex female lead who was a “maniac on the floor,” dancing her way past many gender stereotypes. Today, as many in Hollywood are demanding more complexity in their female leads, they should look no further than Owens in “Flashdance” for inspiration.

Set in Pittsburgh, PA, Owens is a steel mill worker by day and exotic dancer by night. Although not formally trained, she dreams of becoming a professional dancer at the prestigious Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory. In one of the most iconic movie sequences, audiences watch Owens intensely practice her dance moves in her cavernous warehouse apartment. Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” is her soundtrack with her pitbull, Grunt, her sole audience member. Setting off sparks on the dance floor and the factory floor, a romance blossoms between Owens and
Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri), the handsome owner of the steel mill where she works. The film concludes with Owens nailing her tryout, set to the Oscar-winning theme song, “Flashdance… What A Feeling” by Irene Cara. Owens ultimately becomes the hero of her own story.

FlashdancePhoto: Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection

“Flashdance” became a pop culture phenomenon. The film’s MTV-style quick-cut editing became the standard, used in other 1980s classics, including “Footloose” and “Purple Rain.” Songs like “Maniac” and “Flashdance… What A Feeling” are now synonymous with the 1980s. In
addition, “Flashdance” launched a 1980s fashion sensation: a torn sweatshirt, worn off-the-shoulder. Beals inadvertently started the trend after shrinking a favorite sweatshirt. In order to still get it over her head, she cut a hole around the neck. The look was further popularized by pop artists like Madonna. In a famous scene in the film, Beals also taught us the useful skill of how to take off your bra without removing your shirt.

Thirty-five years after the release of “Flashdance,” Hollywood still lacks diverse representation of women. In 2017, despite hits including “Wonder Woman” and “Girls Trip,” out of the 100 highest-grossing films, just 24 percent were led by women. Perhaps a revisit of “Flashdance might inspire some Hollywood execs.

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Giorgio Moroder

Italian record producer

Musical artist

Giovanni Giorgio Moroder (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni ˈdʒordʒo moˈrɔːder], German: [mɔˈʁoːdɐ]; born 26 April 1940)[3][4] is an Italian composer, songwriter, and record producer. Dubbed the "Father of Disco",[5][6][7] Moroder is credited with pioneering euro disco and electronic dance music.[2][8] His work with synthesizers had a large influence on several music genres such as Hi-NRG, Italo disco, new wave, house and techno music.[8][9][10]

When in Munich in the 1970s, Moroder started his own record label called Oasis Records, which several years later became a subdivision of Casablanca Records. He is the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich, a recording studio used by many artists including The Rolling Stones, Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen and Elton John.[11] He produced singles for Donna Summer during the mid-to-late 1970s disco era, including "Love to Love You Baby", "I Feel Love", "Last Dance", "MacArthur Park", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "Dim All the Lights", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and "On the Radio". During this period, he also released many albums, including the synthesizer-driven From Here To Eternity (1977) and E=MC2 (1979).[12]

He began to compose film soundtracks and scores, including Midnight Express, American Gigolo, Superman III, Scarface, The NeverEnding Story, and the 1984 restoration of Metropolis. Moroder's work on the film Midnight Express (1978), which contained the international hit "Chase", won him the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. He also produced a number of electronic disco songs for the Three Degrees, two albums for Sparks, and a handful of songs on Bonnie Tyler's album Bitterblue as well as her 1985 single "Here She Comes". In 1990, he composed "Un'estate italiana", the official theme song of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Moroder has created a score of songs for many performers including David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Irene Cara, Janet Jackson, Madleen Kane, Melissa Manchester, Blondie, Japan and France Joli. Moroder has stated that the work of which he is most proud is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away",[13] which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986; he had earned the same awards in 1983 for "Flashdance... What a Feeling" (as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for all of his work on Flashdance). In addition to the three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, Moroder has also received four Grammy Awards, two People's Choice Awards, and more than 100 Golden and Platinum discs. In 2004, he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.[14]

Early life[edit]

Giovanni Giorgio Moroder was born on 26 April 1940 in Urtijëi (Urtijëi in Ladin, known in Italian as Ortisei and in German as St. Ulrich in Gröden) to Ladin parents in South Tyrol in what was then the Kingdom of Italy.[15] His birth name is Giovanni Giorgio,[16] though as a child his mother called him Hansjörg (pronounced [ˈhansjœʁk]), a German version of his two first names, while he was growing up they lived in a mixed Ladin-, German- and Italian-speaking environment in South Tyrol in northern Italy.[17][18]Ulrich Moroder is one of his three brothers.[19] His father was a hotel concierge.[19]


He began teaching himself to play guitar, at age 15, inspired by Paul Anka's Diana.[19] At age 19, he began touring Europe as a professional musican.[19] He performed at night, and during the day, made recordings with two Revox recorders.[19] Around age 25 he moved to an aunt's in Berlin, working as a sound engineer.[19]Ricky Shayne's single "Ich sprenge alle Ketten" ("I bust all the chains"), composed by then-unknowns Moroder and Michael Holm, became a German hit.[19] The second hit was Moroder's and Holm's cover of Sir Douglas Quintet's single, Mendocino.[19] After 2 years in Berlin, Moroder moved to Munich.[19]

Moroder made his first steps in music in the Scotch Club in Aachen and then released a few singles under the name "Giorgio" beginning in 1963 after moving to Berlin, singing in Italian, Spanish, English, and German.[citation needed]

1963–1983: Contribution to electronic music[edit]

In 1968, he moved to Munich and came to prominence when "Looky Looky" was awarded a gold disc in 1970.[21][22] He then founded the Musicland Studios in the early 1970s. Often collaborating with lyricist Pete Bellotte, Moroder had a number of hits in his own name including "Son of My Father"[17] in 1972, a No. 1 hit in the UK for Chicory Tip, before releasing the synthesizer-driven From Here to Eternity, a chart hit in 1977. That same year he co-wrote and produced the Donna Summer hit single "I Feel Love",[17][23] the first track in the Hi-NRG genre. The following year he released "Chase", the theme from the film Midnight Express. "Chase" is often used on the American syndicated late-night radio show Coast to Coast AM and was used as an entrance theme for wrestling's group The Midnight Express. These songs achieved some chart success in the United Kingdom, the United States and across Europe, and everywhere disco-mania was spreading. The score for Midnight Express featured "Chase"; which brought his first Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1979.

Moroder released E=MC² in 1979. He released three albums between 1977 and 1979 under the name Munich Machine. He composed and produced two film soundtrack albums: the first for Foxes, and the second for American Gigolo (both 1980). A double album of the Foxes soundtrack was released on the disco label Casablanca Records which includes Donna Summer's hit single "On the Radio", which Moroder produced and co-wrote. The Foxes soundtrack contains a song titled "Bad Love", written and performed by Cher and produced by Moroder. The American Gigolo soundtrack featured the Moroder-produced "Call Me" by Blondie, a US and UK number one hit. The combined club play of the album's tracks was number two for five weeks on the disco/dance charts.[24] He wrote the soundtrack of the movie Cat People (1982), including the hit single "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" featuring David Bowie, and produced the soundtrack for the film Scarface (1983). During its initial release, the album was only available in a few countries and strictly through import in the United States. Moroder-produced tracks included "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)" by Paul Engemann, "Rush Rush" by Debbie Harry and "She's on Fire" by Amy Holland.

1984–1993: Recognition and hiatus[edit]

Moroder with his longtime collaborator Donna Summerand her husband Bruce Sudano. On the left Moroder's wife Francisca Gutierrez.

In 1984, Moroder compiled a new restoration and edit of the silent filmMetropolis (1927)[25] and provided it with a contemporary soundtrack.[26] This soundtrack includes seven pop music tracks from Pat Benatar, Jon Anderson, Adam Ant, Billy Squier, Loverboy, Bonnie Tyler and Freddie Mercury.[27] He integrated the original intertitles into the film as subtitles as a means of improving continuity. Since the original speed was unknown this choice was controversial. Known as the "Moroder version", it sparked debate among film buffs, with outspoken critics and supporters of the film falling into equal camps.[28][29] Most critics agree that, the opinion of film purists aside, Moroder's version was a welcome addition.[30][31] In 1984, Moroder worked with Philip Oakey of The Human League to make the album Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, which was a UK singles chart hit with "Together in Electric Dreams", title track to the 1984 film Electric Dreams. The same year saw him collaborating with Kajagoogoo frontman Limahl for their worldwide hit "The NeverEnding Story".[32]

In 1986, Moroder collaborated with his protégé Harold Faltermeyer (of "Axel F") and lyricist Tom Whitlock to create the score for the film Top Gun (1986) which included Kenny Loggins' hit "Danger Zone" and Berlin's "Take My Breath Away". He wrote the theme song to the film Over the Top, "Meet Me Half Way", also performed by Loggins. In 1987, Moroder produced and co-wrote Falco's song "Body Next to Body". Moroder wrote the official theme songs, "Reach Out", for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and "Hand in Hand", for the 1988 Seoul Olympics and "Un'estate italiana" for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. On 12 March 1992 Moroder released his fourteenth studio album, Forever Dancing, his last solo project for years and he took a long hiatus in 1993.[33] For two decades he released no new albums,[23] focusing largely on remixes and visual art during most of the 1990s and early 2000s.[34][35] With Daniel Walker he produced soundtrack for Leni Riefenstahl's last film Impressionen unter Wasser. His song Forever Friends has been featured in the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.[36][37]

2012–present: Return and collaborations[edit]

In 2012, Moroder returned to music with the theme music for Google's "Racer".[38] Moroder contributed to Daft Punk's 2013 studio album Random Access Memories, admitting that he was a fan of their song "One More Time" before working with the group.[39] His voice and story are on the album track "Giorgio by Moroder". On the track he states, "My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio."[40] In summer 2013, he DJ'd at the Red Bull Music Academy in New York.[41][42] In 2014, Moroder reworked an old classic from the 1960s called "Doo Bee Doo" (2014 version), which was used in the Volkswagen 2014 Super Bowl commercial, "Wings".[43][44] He also announced that he was planning to work with electro-pop producer Madeon[45] and American singer Lana Del Rey.[46][47] On 9 June 2014, Adult Swim released a new Hi-NRGDisco single by Moroder (named "Giorgio's Theme").[48] Moroder also remixed Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's rendition of "I Can't Give You Anything but Love".[49]

Moroder's solo studio album, Déjà Vu, was released in 2015.[50] It features collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and Matthew Koma, among others.[49] On 16 January, the collaboration with Kylie Minogue, "Right Here, Right Now", was leaked to the internet ahead of its official release.[51] The song, along with a video teaser, was officially released on 20 January 2015[52] and on 18 April 2015 reached number one on the US Dance Club Songs, becoming Moroder's first chart-topper in 15 years.[53] In March 2015, Moroder supported Minogue during the Australian leg of her Kiss Me Once Tour.[54][55] Moroder and Sia collaborated in May 2015 on the title track from Moroder's LP Déjà Vu.[56]

In September 2015, Moroder was featured on Kylie Minogue's EP Kylie + Garibay on the song "Your Body". In 2016, he and Raney Shockne wrote and composed the music to the video game Tron RUN/r. The soundtrack album was released on 31 May 2016.[57][58] In October 2016, Moroder produced "One More Day" for Sistar, a Korean girl group.[59] They debuted the song live on 8 October, at Korea's DMC Festival 2016, with Moroder being present in the audience.[60][61] The music video for the song was released on 22 November, alongside the official digital release of the track.[59] 2021 saw Moroder return to the studio with Duran Duran, co-writing and producing two tracks, "Tonight United" and "Beautiful Lies" for their October 2021 album release "Future Past".[62]


Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Giorgio Moroder

Moroder with some of his awards in 2007

Moroder has won three Academy Awards: Best Original Score for Midnight Express (1978);[63] Best Song for "Flashdance...What a Feeling", from the film Flashdance (1983)[64] and Best Song for "Take My Breath Away", from Top Gun (1986).[65] Moroder also won two of his four Grammy Awards for Flashdance: Best Album or Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special and Best Instrumental Composition for the track "Love Theme from Flashdance". The third was awarded for Best Dance Recording for the song "Carry On".

Moroder also won four Golden Globes: two Best Original Score for "Midnight Express" and "Flashdance... What a Feeling", and two Best Original Song for "Flashdance... What a Feeling" and "Take My Breath Away".

On 20 September 2004, Moroder was honored at the Dance Music Hall of Fame ceremony, held in New York, when he was inducted for his achievements and contributions as a producer. In 2005, Moroder was named a Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,[66] and in 2010 Bolzano awarded him the Grande Ordine al Merito della Provincia autonoma di Bolzano. In 2011, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Soundtrack Academy. In 2014, Moroder won his fourth Grammy Award for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (Album of the Year).


The British alternative rock duo Curve covered "I Feel Love" in 1992. The song was later included on the double CD compilation The Way of Curve, released in 2004. Bronski Beat covered "I Feel Love" and "Love to Love You Baby" for their debut album The Age of Consent (1984). "On Fire", the second single from rapper Lil Wayne's seventh studio album Rebirth, contains allusions from Amy Holland's song "She's on Fire" and was inspired in its entirety by Scarface.[67] "Push It", the second single from rapper Rick Ross' debut album Port of Miami, samples "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)" and the story of the video has a very similar theme to the film Scarface. It was produced by J. R. Rotem.

His song "Tears" was sampled and used as the basis of the DJ Shadow song "Organ Donor" on his 1996 album Endtroducing...... Canadian hip hop group Swollen Members sampled the song in "Fuel Injected" and "Meltdown". It also appears on the song "Tragedy" by RZA. The main melody and chord progression form the basis of "Marz" by folk musician John Grant and "Only Light" by Australian ska band The Cat Empire. Hip hop duo Mobb Deep used a sample from the song "Tony's Theme" in their song G.O.D. Pt. III. His song "E=MC²" was sampled and used for J. Dilla's song of the same title. One of his early compositions, "Doo-Bee-Doo-Bee-Doo" from 1969, was featured for many years in silent sketches on The Benny Hill Show as part of a medley that also included "Mah Nà Mah Nà", a 4/4 adaptation of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Für Elise", and "Gimme Dat Ding".

The theme from Midnight Express was sampled by hip hop duo OutKast for their song "Return of the Gangsta", and by hip-hop producer J Dilla for "Phantom of the Synths", a beat later used by MF Doom for "Gazzillion Ear" and by Jay Electronica for "Dimethyltryptamine".

"Chase" was used as the entrance theme music for the professional wrestlingtag teamThe Midnight Express throughout the early 1980s as well as in a number of montage videos for NBC's Major League Baseball coverage and CBS's coverage of the NBA. Art Bell also used "Chase" as the theme for his late-night talk radio programs Coast to Coast AM and Midnight in the Desert.

Moroder's opening theme from the film Scarface is sampled by Nas and Mobb Deep for the track "It's Mine". "Leopard Tree Dream" from Cat People is sampled by Cannibal Ox in the song "Iron Galaxy." "The Legend of Babel" theme from the Metropolis soundtrack was covered by DJ Dado. British electronica musician Little Boots covered "Love Kills", which was written in collaboration with Freddie Mercury. "Future Lovers", a song from American recording artist Madonna's 2005 album Confessions on a Dance Floor, has a bass line inspired by Donna Summer's Moroder-produced hit "I Feel Love". Furthermore, Madonna opened her 2006 Confessions Tour with a medley of "Future Lovers" and "I Feel Love". The version of "Live To Tell" Madonna performed on The Confessions Tour heavily samples Moroder's song "Tears". Suns of Arqa's album "Technomor" includes the track "Moroder Vibe" which contains elements of "I Feel Love". Underworld's 1999 album, Beaucoup Fish, contains a song titled "Shudder/King of Snake", which contains an interpolation of the bass line from "I Feel Love".[68]

In February 2016, Shooter Jennings, the son of outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings, released a tribute album entitled Countach (For Giorgio), his seventh studio album.[69] Shooter Jennings stated that Moroder's music from the movies Midnight Express (1978), Cat People (1982) and The NeverEnding Story (1984) had a major influence on him as a child which "...set the foundation for the music of my entire life."[69]

Before his career reboot with Daft Punk, Moroder dedicated decades to his personal hobbies/projects. He designed a car with Marcello Gandini and ex-Lamborghini personnel, the Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Also in a 2013 interview, he spoke about architectural design of a pyramid-like apartment that was supposed to take place in Dubai. It was never built. Other projects included creating his own cognac liquor and getting involved with digital and neon art and putting on shows.[35]

Moroder is a character in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, in reference to his work with disco diva Donna Summer.[70]

"I Feel Love" was inducted into the National Recording Registry in 2011.[71]

Personal life[edit]

Moroder currently lives in Beverly Hills, California. He has been married to Francisca Gutierrez since 1990, and they have a son, Alessandro.[72][73]

He is a friend of Michael Holm, with whom he composed the 1973 album Spinach 1 under the moniker "Spinach". Holm's song Giorgio und ich is dedicated to Moroder.

In 2017, Moroder was connected to a large financial scandal related to the bank Hottinger & Cie.[74]


Main article: Giorgio Moroder discography

See also[edit]


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  29. ^Elsaesser, Thomas (2002). "Innocence Restored? Reading and Re-reading a 'Classic': Georgio Moroder's Metropolis". In Minden, Michael; Bachmann, Holger (eds.). Fritz Lang's Metropolis: Cinematic Visions of Technology and Fear. Boydell & Brewer. p. 124. ISBN . Retrieved 18 August 2017 – via Google Books.
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Before the talent and production company came to Pittsburgh to start filming Flashdance and after it was opened in theaters around the country, people who knew about these matters felt strongly that this film was going to be a flash in the pan.  The director, Adrian Lyne, turned the script down a couple of times before agreeing to work on this project.  When the film was released, critics could not stop taking shots at this movie for its lack of realism.  The only people that liked it were the movie goers who bought their tickets for this 97-minute roller coaster romantic fantasy.

The story is about an ambitious young lady that dances in a bar at night and works as a welder during the day. In her spare time, she dreams of making it as a ballet dancer.  The movie deals with how this 18-year-old young woman and her 36-year-old boss become romantically involved while watching their dreams and the dreams of people they care about rise and fall and sometimes rise again.

The stars of the film were virtually unknown when cast. Actress Jennifer Beals showed off her dancing and acting skills on film for the first time, and Michael Nouri, who, at this point in his career, had a resume that encompassed working for ten years in television and movie industries.  The performances were professional.  I wonder if they knew (or even cared) how weak the plot was. They were there to do a job and they did it.

What drives this film is music and dancing.  What a Feeling, Maniac, I Love Rock andRoll and Gloria are a few of the hit songs from the 80’s that are forever linked with this work and help to weave its tale.  We always knew who was responsible for the film’s music, but when it came to the dancing, Beals did little of it. The artist responsible for the show-stopping steps didn’t even get a credit line. French actress/dancer Marine Jahan is the talent that delivered the great dance moves that continue to excite audiences still today. There are two stories that explaining how she came to be overlooked.  It seems that she didn’t get credit for her work because the studio didn’t have to. It was either never required in the contract she signed, or they simply had to shorten their list of credits.

Scenes shot at the Carnegie Museum of Art, The University of Pittsburgh, and The Duquesne Incline will have some Pittsburghers thinking that some things never seem to change.  As I watched this film recently, I felt a little embarrassed that the movie makers didn’t have to embellish the scenes showing the seedy side of Pittsburgh in the 80’s all that much in order tell their story.

The film is fun to watch, and the music and dancing keep you focused. The story was weak when the movie first came out, and it seems weaker today.  Pittsburghers will realize that the routes they drive to get from one point to another are filmed for folks that aren’t familiar with getting around in Pittsburgh.  I never like to rate a film by how much money it’s made, but this little gem cost $7 million to make and brought in $200 million at the box office.  Locals Don Brockett and Vic Cianca have small parts.  Folks familiar with who was who in 1983 will get a kick out of seeing them on film.


By Tom Pollard


On June 1, 2018   /  Entertainment & Reviews  

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