Routes of rhythm, part 3
NamesBelafonte, Harry, 1927- (Host)Castle, Irene, 1893-1969 (Dancer)Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918 (Dancer)Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977 (Performer)Valentino, Rudolph, 1895-1926 (Performer)Cugat, Xavier, 1900-1990 (Interviewee)Miranda L., Carmen (Performer)Berkeley, Busby, 1895-1976 (Director)Astaire, Fred (Performer)Hayworth, Rita, 1918-1987 (Performer)Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 (Interviewee)Arnaz, Desi, 1917-1986 (Interviewee)Presley, Elvis, 1935-1977 (Performer)Rodríguez, Arsenio (Composer)Cruz, Celia (Performer)Blades, Rubén (Performer)Rosow, Eugene (Producer)Dratch, Howard (Producer)Blank, Les (Director)Ball, Lucille, 1911-1989 (Performer)Blades, Rubén (Interviewee)Rosow, Eugene (Director)Dratch, Howard (Director)
General Dance Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1989
Table of ContentsEvolution of Afro-Cuban music in the United States. Exploration of various Latin dance crazes, including the tango (derived from the Cuban habañera), conga, mambo, and cha-cha-cha. Film clips of and interviews with individuals who popularized Latin music, among them Don Aspiazu, Xavier Cugat, and Desi Arnaz (seen in his youth and with Lucille Ball). Discussion of the blending of jazz and Latin music by Machito, Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie (who recalls his collaboration with musician Chano Pozo), Cal Tjader, and the Cuban musical group Irakere. The influence of Afro-Cuban music on rock 'n' roll is demonstrated through brief clips of The Diamonds, Johnny Otis, Elvis Presley, and Bo Diddley. Salsa music, invented by Arsenio Rodríguez, is performed by Celia Cruz and Conjunto Libre. The program concludes with a performance by and interview with Ruben Blades, whose music is a vehicle for political statements. Among the many dancers and dancer-actors who appear in the course of the program are Irene and Vernon Castle, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Carmen Miranda (in "The lady in the tutti-frutti hat" from Busby Berkeley's The gang's all here), Donald Duck, and Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth (in a brief glimpse of You were never lovelier).
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 3219Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-3385 cassette 3 (former)
TopicsPozo, ChanoRumba (Dance)Mambo (Dance)Cha-cha (Dance)Tango (Dance)Conga (Dance)Music -- Latin AmericaMusic -- CubaHispanic AmericansAnimation (Cinematography)
GenresTelevision programsMotion picturesDocumentary filmsFilmed danceFilmed performancesMusic
NotesCreation/production credits: Presented by KCET-TV/Los Angeles. Producers/directors: Eugene Rosow and Howard Dratch. New York and Cuban music and dance sequences directed and photographed by Les Blank. Writer: Linda Post. Host: Harry Belafonte.Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a donation from Lynn Garafola.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (57 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 3/4 in.
DescriptionPart 3 of a three-part documentary on the history and development of Afro-Cuban music in Cuba and the United States, profusely illustrated with footage of ritual, social, and theatrical music and dance, drawn from archival sources or filmed on location.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY936006851-FNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12174587Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6169f3e0-7443-0134-fce4-00505686a51c
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