THE BUSBY BERKELEY BOOK by Tony Thomas
The director/choreographer/boundary-crossing visionary and native Angeleno Busby Berkeley followed his own pleasures, desires and fancies, and in so doing, built worlds of inimitable delight and dizzying imagination for us to bask in. Moving from the theater to the silver screen, Berkeley was inspired by the limitlessness of the camera, taking it to heights never before seen (and inventing the overhead shot in the process). Berkeley spoke in legs and shapes — geometric, undulating, nearly psychedelic forms — which zoomed in to reveal hordes of bare-legged swim-capped or flamingo-feathered dancers. His work was the reflection of a wild inner vision — an honest and phantasmagoric documentary of the idiosyncratic way the world looked to him. This is the mark of a true artist, and a philosophy we hope to embody in our daily lives. Today, in movies and books like this one, we get to live inside his fantasies, and how lucky we are for it. Sending two high kicks up to you today, Mr. Berkeley.
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