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Kate Puckett

on 11 April 2016

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Transcript of BUSBY BERKELEY

Early Life
born on November 29, 1895 in L.A., California
real name is William Berkeley Enos
nickname Buzz
graduated from Mohegan Lake Military Academy in NY in 1914
enlisted in US Army in 1917
lieutenant in the artillery conducting and directing parades
Early Career–1920s
changed his name to Busby Berkeley when he became an actor
after coming back to US, he became stage actor and assistant director
1925 broadway debut
was forced to take over directing
quickly became one of Broadway’s top dance directors
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr wanted him to direct dance routines for
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Introduction to the Film World
Eddie Cantor wanted him to direct dance routines for film version of
Berkeley convinced Samuel Goldwyn to let him direct his dances
used only one camera with close-ups of the dancers
Darryl F. Zanuck had him direct musical numbers in
42nd Street
big numbers were "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Young and Healthy", and finale "42nd Street"
Berkeley got 7 year contract with Warner Bros
42nd Street
1935 Warner Bros made him a full fledged director
"Gold Diggers of 1935"
song "Lullaby of Broadway" won an academy award
nominated for an Oscar for best dance director
overhead shots forced him to drill holes in roof
choreographed "Gold Diggers of 1937"
2nd Oscar nomination
Movie Career
1937 also nominated for an Oscar for
"Varsity Show"
he collided with two cards while driving
killed three people
1939 went to MGM
choreographed finale of "Broadway Serenade"
1939 worked for 20th Century Fox on the "Amazing Mr. Forrest"
1939 he directed the first "Fast and Furious"
Movie Career
Fast and Furious Poster
1941 choreographed "Fascination Rhythm" for Eleanor Powell in "Lady Be Good"
1943 he moved to back to 20th Century Fox
"The Gang's All Here"
first movie in technicolor
1949 directed last picture "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
1970 produced "No No Nanette" on Broadway
Late Career
Eleanor Powell in "Lady Be Good"
Contributions to Musical Theatre
revolutionized the use of cameras and choreography
enhanced a certain meaning
make it look like something else
created a fantastical universe
Contributions to Musical Theatre
changed the definition of musical in his era
almost completely song
complex dances
By Kate Puckett
Contributions to Musical Theatre
he proved that you did not have to have dance training to be an amazing choreographer
his background helped
Visual Aspect:
A Berkely Inspired Dance
to the tune of "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
Reveiw Questions
Q1; In which production did Berkely first direct?

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Holka Polka
Fast and Furious

Gold Diggers of 1937
Review Questions
Q2; What helped him to be so successful in his career?

A) his wife
B) his car accident
C) his background in the military
D) all of the above

Review Questions
Q3; What in what new way did he use camera?

A) he drilled a hole in the ceiling
B) he attached it to a dog
C) he drilled a hole in the floor
D) he used a GoPro
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