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The Cotton Club. [Rehearsal footage] [videorecording]

Title
The Cotton Club. [Rehearsal footage] [videorecording] / directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; produced by Robert Evans ; tap choreography by Henry Le Tang ; tap improvography by Gregory Hines.
Publication
[1983?]

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Description
1 videocassette (VHS, NTSC) (25 min.) : sd., col.; 1/2 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of Pamela Koslow.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Video.
Note
  • For the completed version of The Cotton Club, see: *MGZIA 4-433.
  • Performers identified by Jane Goldberg.
Performer (note)
  • Gregory Hines (Sandman Williams); Lonette McKee (Lila Rose Oliver); Richard Gere (Dixie Dwyer); Charles "Honi" Coles (Sugar Coates); Leslie "Bubba" Gaines, Arthur Duncan, Howard "Sandman" Sims, Maurice Hines, Jr., George Hillman, Jimmy Slyde, Ralph Brown, Henry "Phace" Roberts, Buster Brown, Harold Cromer (hoofers); Henry Le Tang (pianist).
Event (note)
  • Filmed on the set of The Cotton Club in Astoria, Queens, New York.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-7673
Title
The Cotton Club. [Rehearsal footage] [videorecording] / directed by Francis Ford Coppola ; produced by Robert Evans ; tap choreography by Henry Le Tang ; tap improvography by Gregory Hines.
Imprint
[1983?]
Cast
Gregory Hines (Sandman Williams); Lonette McKee (Lila Rose Oliver); Richard Gere (Dixie Dwyer); Charles "Honi" Coles (Sugar Coates); Leslie "Bubba" Gaines, Arthur Duncan, Howard "Sandman" Sims, Maurice Hines, Jr., George Hillman, Jimmy Slyde, Ralph Brown, Henry "Phace" Roberts, Buster Brown, Harold Cromer (hoofers); Henry Le Tang (pianist).
Event
Filmed on the set of The Cotton Club in Astoria, Queens, New York.
Summary
Various takes of rehearsals for the hoofers' club scene in Francis Ford Coppola's film The Cotton Club, which was released in early 1984. This recording contains three 6-min. versions of a scene that begins as Sandman (played by Gregory Hines) introduces Lila Rose (Lonette McKee) and Dixie (Richard Gere) to Sugar (Honi Coles) and the other hoofers; the first of these takes starts at the beginning of the tape, and the other two respectively at 8 and 14 min. into the tape. Wearing rehearsal clothes, the performers take turns dancing for one another, concluding by dancing together. Gere's character dances in this footage but not in the completed film. Shorter takes capture snatches of dialogue or close-up shots of Coles, Gere, McKee, and others.
Local Subject
Motion pictures. The Cotton Club.
Added Author
Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939- film director.
Evans, Robert, 1930-2019, film producer.
Le Tang, Henry, choreographer. Performer
Hines, Gregory, choreographer.
Hines, Gregory, performer.
McKee, Lonette. Performer
Gere, Richard, 1949- Performer
Coles, Honi, 1911-1992. Performer
Hines, Maurice. Performer
Gaines, Bubba. Performer
Duncan, Arthur. Performer
Sims, Sandman. Performer
Hillman, George. Performer
Slyde, Jimmy. Performer
Brown, Ralph. Performer
Roberts, Henry. Performer
Brown, Buster, 1913-2002. Performer
Cromer, Harold. Performer
Added Title
Gift of Pamela Koslow.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-7673
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