Swinging the Lambeth Walk

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Swinging the Lambeth Walk

Release Date: (1940)
Rating: Theatrical

Original Language    :    English
Year    :    (1940)
Genre    :    Music, Animation
Time    :    0h 4m
Budget    :    -
Revenue    :    -

Movie: Lye edited together “swing” versions of the popular Lambeth Walk (including Django Reinhardt on guitar and Stephane Grapelli on violin), combining them with a particularly diverse range of direct film images, scratched as well as painted. He was particularly pleased with a final guitar solo (with a vibrating horizontal line) and double bass solo (with a stomping vertical line). For this film Lye did not have to include any advertising slogans; friends at the Tourist and Industrial Development Association, shocked to learn that Lye and his family had become destitute, arranged for TIDA to sponsor the film – to the horror of government bureaucrats who could not understand why a popular dance was being treated as a tourist attraction. - Harvard Film Archive

Rating:   IMDb  / 4.5

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