Too Darn Hot


Liza Minnelli and Mikhail Baryshnikov, once upon a time.

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    1. "When the thermometer goes 'way up
      And the weather is sizzling hot,
      Mister Adam
      For his madam.
      Is not."

      Jx

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    2. Norma, I'm assuming that they did. Such is the spirit of the dance.

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  2. What are the admiring Zombie corpses about?

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    1. Those zombies are proof that no one wanted to see Studio 54 habitués in the daylight. (And the people "watching" Liza and Mischa are pretty creepy, too.)

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  3. I love the way those pants gently caress his buttocks.

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  4. They're well matched at the beginning. All the tightly focussed Bob Fosse stuff is right up her street and the mirrored work is spot on and great fun to watch, with him showing off his ass and Minnelli working that hair like the seasoned pro she is. But the marathon goes on and on and on and on, and as she flags her accuracy of placement giving way to the 'approximate' and finally flies out of the window completely. Damn it, she lasts pretty well, doing just about everything he does, even though she's in killer heels and carries the added weight of her voluptuousness. But the latter half of the routine is cruel, pushing her too far and exposing her weaknesses, leaving her trailing behind like an exhausted puppy gamely scampering to catch up with the little boy who has completely forgotten her. (Note how he leads everywhere, and she runs after him.) I like it not. He's a professional ballet dancer, lean as a whippet and with an underlying discipline that will see him through any dance marathon. She's way beyond her comfort zone as her energy empties and she throws herself through the the latter half of the routine.

    Minnelli has always been a generous performer when working with others. But here she's ill-served. He's barely raised a sweat. She's wobbly with exhaustion. He's sharp to the end. She's ready to drop. They could have made the routine shorter and less challenging for her. But in rehearsals she will have said "No, no, don't hold back for me. I'll nail it. Just give me a minute. I'll be OK. Honestly. I'll be fine if I pace myself." But someone should have been alert to the situation, cut her some slack, played to her strengths, been a little kinder.

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    1. "Keep it Together, Minnelli!" Jx

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    2. Clive, what an insightful analysis! And this is just one number from an hour-long television special which they essentially did together. As earlier comments have speculated, one can only hope she was sleeping with him!

      Always great to hear from you! xoxox

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