Monday, November 30, 2015

Funky dancing


I love old Hollywood musicals, so when I came across this video, I had to share. It's clips from many old Golden Era movies set to a contemporary song ("Uptown Funk"), and it's easy to see why it's been viewed more than 9 million times since it was posted on October 6.

From this column came the following explanation:
DIY Network introduces the creator of this video:

"Michael Binder is what you would call a 'movie aficionado' through and through. He's probably watched just about every single movie you've ever heard of, twice. In fact, Binder loves movies so much that he's managed to make a career writing about them and talking about them for his hundreds of followers.

"But when he saw the mega viral hit that featured a bunch of dance scenes from popular movies matched up to the incredibly popular song, 'Uptown Funk,' he was instantly inspired to do a similar mashup, only he wanted to use dance scenes from movies that only came out of the Golden Age of cinema.

"It took him a long while to find the perfect clips which properly conveyed the energy and passion, but after he scanned through hundreds and hundreds of movies from 1953 and earlier, he finally edited together an absolutely stunning video featuring some of our favorite dancers and singers.

"Not only did Binder have to be aware of the dance sequence in his head, but he had to time it properly with the music without speeding up or slowing down the original footage.
Way cool stuff.


  1. Fabulous way to start my morning!!

  2. I could have done without the, ahem, song.

    Oh, Lord, I'm getting to be an old prude.

    It was a good AMV, though. Very good.

    1. LOL , me too ! Old Prude Karen..Fun to watch though.

  3. Oh how I love all those old musicals. We need more of that kind of entertainment today. Thanks so much for sharing

  4. WOW! That was GREAT!!!

  5. I like the song, I turn it up on the radio when it comes on. I enjoyed the video that marries this song to old movie clips. But... The song is an in your face chant claiming that the young white girls go downtown to have sex with black boys because they aren't able to get what they want from their white boy friends. Just think if this story was sung the other way around.

    1. Say what?!? I looked up the lyrics on Google. I don't see how you came up with that explanation. As hard as I tried, I could not read that into the lyrics. It's about dancing, funky beats and the joy thereof.

      Steve Davis
      Anchorage, Alaska

    2. Maybe you are right. Perhaps the line:
      "Michelle Pfeiffer That white gold"
      doesn't refer to white women.
      Maybe 'funk you up" is just some harmless phrase and not code for a word that rhymes (even though it is commonly used that way in rap).
      And I'm sure the line "Cause uptown funk gon’ give it to you" doesn't really mean 'give it to you' it probably means something totally unrelated to sex.

      So I take it all back it is just about dancing and not 'funking'

  6. It's a masterpiece of editing, but Yep, the song is disgusting. Too bad the words aren't different b/c the music is fun and energetic.

  7. Though the song would not be my first line preference by any means, I thought the video was brilliant and lots of fun.

  8. In the following order, I watched the video, I read the comments, I read the lyrics. Try not to read so much into them please, they're about dancing. The second half of the song lyrics makes that pretty clear. Yes, most song words these days are inappropriate and questionable so usually you would be right, but this time I'm just hearing a bunch of Debbie Downers whose minds are in the gutter. Try to enjoy it this one time (or judge in silence) without attempting to make others feel bad about liking this dancing video, thank you. -Ruth

  9. Do you really think that attempt was to make you feel bad about liking the music? I grew up in the 50's and remember my parents and others rejecting and disliking the music of the time because it glorified casual sex. Silly old folks! But in fact the music was openly sexual in nature. Should the "old folks" have just shut up? I see this as simply discussing it you see it as an opportunity to shut down the discussion. Why? Why would you not want to know. Others believe this song is really about drugs, cocaine in particular. I don't know. But I don't believe in sticking my fingers in my ears and saying La, La, La, I can't hear you.