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|Lindyhopping Through Spring
Cathay Classics Film Festival, besides the movie (read the review for "It's Always Spring below"), dinner is also provided, as well as some introductory dance lessons from Jitterbugs Swingapore. After the film ended, we were ushered to the Cathay Preview Lounge at Level 6 to partake in the post-screening actisvities.
As we entered the Preview Lounge, the team from Jitterbugs Swingapore was already in full swing (pardon the pun) into the lindy hop. Despite the energetic and catchy movements, some opted for the dinner queue first to fill up empty stomachs. Hey, you can't dance without energy yeah?
The dancers/instructors took the time to showcase various moves while the audience had our their fill with the delicious spread. Clearly, being entertained by the dancers made you want to join them as soon as you learnt some basic moves.
It took a while for the everyone to warm up and get their dancing feet ready, but before you can say "Lindy Hop", most had already cast away their initial shyness and gamely made their way to join the Jitterbugs in executing some lindy hop moves. It's fairly easy, the beginner moves that is, and everyone was clearly clamouring for more as they danced with their partners.
So for those of you who are dance buffs, who wanna move to the groove after watching a Classic movie (which tickled the dance bug in you), or are just simply looking for a different way to spend your evening, round up some chums, snag a date, invite your parents or older relatives, and have an unforgettable evening with Cathay!
Cathay Classics runs every last Tuesday of the month at Cathay Cineplex Orchard, until January 2006.
Tickets cost S$35 per person, inclusive of movie,
dinner and introductory dance lessons.
| Movie Review: It's Always Spring
||For the uninitiated, Cathay is now having a Cathay Classics Film Festival, showcasing a number of films from their rich archives. What's common in the films featured is music and dance, starring Screen Queens of yesteryear, like Ge Lan and Lin Dai.
It's Always Spring is a 60s movie which tells the story of 2 songstresses. Li Ailian is a top singer from Singapore, trying to make a name for herself in the Hong Kong night clubbing scene.
Haiyin is THE songstress in Hong Kong, who
felt that her status at the top being threatened
with the introduction of the foreign talent.
Chance plays a huge role throughout this
film, as it led the narrative from misunderstanding
to misunderstanding. From Ailian and Haiyin
working in the same nightclub, to competing
for starring programmes in a TV station,
and even to the cutting of musical albums.
Caught in the middle of the catfight is
Tao Zhengsheng, Haiyin's brother, who has
the hots for Ailian.
isn't any villains per se, but rather, the
sins of man like greed, pettiness and selfishness
permeate through the characters. Both leads
exhibit these behaviours, so there isn't
any "goody-two-shoes" character,
which makes it a little more real, and keep
the conflicts interesting.
I've always liked about movies from the
60s, be it Hollywood or Asian, are the musicals.
It was an era of song and dance, worked
into the narrative either deliberately (the
cast breaking out into a performance), or
naturally by including it into the misc-en-scene.
Here, given the nightclub setting, it was
obvious and easy for the characters to break
into the song and dance routine. Bearing
in mind it was the swinging 60s in Asia,
there wasn't any raunchy numbers - all we
had were cheeky teases.
might find some of the songs familiar, as
they probably are evergreen chinese classics.
The 60s is a fun, though totally different
era from today. The nightclub scene then
isn't what you have now. There are live
musicians, huge stages, dinner settings
and dance area all rolled into one. There's
also a resident songstress (in this case,
two of them, hence the keen competition),
and lecherous (old) men waiting in the wings
to woo them. It's a blast to see these scenes
not deliberately being recreated for that
specific era (it's made back then), and
fashion buffs will have a field day with
the various chic clothes and hairdos.
film might be dated, but the charm is how
films back then resolve conflicts into the
now typical fairy tale endings. Various
techniques like the soft-focus close ups,
the fake backgrounds, and transitions like
the fade-in and outs were used in abundance,
but somehow refreshing for a change, and
allows you to appreciate how sophisticated
things have evolved to today.
those who want to relive the good ol' 60s,
or to experience classic films of that era,
or even want to ogle at the babes of your
parents' generation, take a pick from Cathay
It's Always Spring zips you back to
the nostalgic 60s nightclubbing scene! Charming
|Reported & Photos by Stefan Shih | Layout by: Lokman BS
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