A new Vimeo treat, a montage of nearly 300 classic movies cut and pasted together with music that includes Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Gogo," "Tongues" by Joywave and KOPPS, and German songstress Nena's "99 Red Balloons," has been released and it is making internet users shimmy, shake, and smile.
It's a happy diversion from the onslaught of all that fake news, social media trolls, and general negativity that can often be found online. It's also charming enough to have caught the attention of more than 1.4 million viewers looking for some relief.
This mashup is a pastiche of all that is great, funny, dramatic and even corny about dance in movies and there's no doubt that the creator of this edited masterpiece knows a great deal about film. We see the Jets street gang from West Side Story snapping their fingers to the Wham! beat, as well as Tom Cruise strategically sliding across the hardwoods in his tighty-whiteys in his breakthrough film Risky Business.
Cut to Forrest Gump gyrating in his leg braces while Elvis pounds out a rocker on his acoustic guitar, and Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz get into one of those surrealistic wild waltzes from The Mask. Then there are the obligatory Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers shots, the Dude getting down in The Big Lebowski and even Al Pacino having his turn on the dance floor in an unlikely entry: as Miami mobster Tony Montana in Scarface. Yep, not a stone left unturned when it comes to dancing with the stars in this outing.
The titles of the movies are in sequence on a list found on Tumblr on a page called Dancing In Movies, for those wondering.
The montage was made by a person or organization with the handle CLS Videos, which also has another collage that traces how the quality of movies has progressed over time in terms of cinematography. Dubbed Evolution of Movies, the four-minute tour de force kicks off with the 1902 epic Le Voyage Dans la Lun (A Trip to the Moon) by French filmmaker Georges Méliès and finishes with the 2017 outing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
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