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Click to print Opens in new window In Deconstructing Dirty Dancing, Stephen Lee Naish unpacks the enduring popularity of the film Dirty Dancing, released to mixed reviews in before going on to become a global hit. Dirty Dancing sells a million DVDs per year even now, 30 years after its release 3.
In spite of receiving mixed reviews from critics at the time, this low-budget film became a hit through word-of-mouth recommendations.
Since then it has inspired two remakes, an ill-fated TV series and a successful musical theatre show, but it is the original that continues to attract old and new audiences.
Many films from the same era appear to have lost their relevance, but the centrality of the abortion plotline in Dirty Dancing and its depiction of class conflict remain groundbreaking and noteworthy even today.
It is a slim volume of fewer than 70 pages, but the range of information it contains belies its size. Naish is an established writer on film, politics and popular culture, and the subject matter of his third book aptly combines those topics.
The cover image gives a visual preview of this approach: Those who have watched both would benefit most from this discussion, but the summary of Blue Velvet is sufficient to service the comparison and to give the reader an understanding of its plot and atmosphere.
The author presents a number of parallels between the films, such as the depiction of the early s through the lens of the late s, the loss of innocence and the representation of secret sexual relationships.
However, this brief comparative study succeeds in pushing the reader beyond superficial romantic interpretations of Dirty Dancing.
The chapters within this section are marked by timestamps from Throughout this section of the book, Naish analyses and illuminates each moment of the film, its dialogue, music, wardrobe, plot and themes, particularly drawing out its political threads.
For example, in the second chapter These comments reveal that the conflict and inequality in the resort are class-based: The author also engages with existing film scholarship on Dirty Dancing and beyond. Furthermore, like a textual film commentary track, the behind-the-scenes information revealed by Naish provides fascinating insights into the crafting of the narrative.
For instance, he describes several deleted scenes from the film or early drafts of the screenplay, and reflects on how they might have affected the end result.
An example of this is when he reveals a removed scene in which Neil is beaten up by the dancers, which would have made his character more sympathetic He describes being introduced to the film during his childhood by his older sister and being particularly taken by its soundtrack.
Naish also presents the universality of the film in its evocation of family holidays and the awkwardness of approaching a potential love interest, both of which he compares to episodes from his own life growing up in Britain.
The essay is an absorbing account of his uneven relationship with the film, which will resonate with a wide range of readers, whether fans of the film or otherwise.
In conclusion, Deconstructing Dirty Dancing is an idiosyncratic and accessible analysis of this popular film. I would particularly recommend it to fans seeking insight into the historical, political and cultural contexts surrounding Dirty Dancing.
It is also an excellent addition to the existing field of scholarship — including The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture — related to this enduring popular culture phenomenon. She tweets at pjmontague.
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