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Gold Diggers of 1935

1935

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  • Though less skilled at directing light comedy and backstage drama than the makers of his earlier musical masterworks, such as “42nd Street” and “Footlight Parade,” and though saddled with a story that trapped him in a milieu far less immediately appealing than the world of New York theatre (namely, a resort hotel for the rich and ridiculous), Berkeley lent “Gold Diggers of 1935” an original hectic tone.

  • The spectacle of said spree, much like the hotel itself, is a consumerist fantasy designed to astonish Depression-era viewers, though the filmmakers also acknowledge the hard work of the hotel employees who keep the fantasy running. GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 opens with a spiffy montage of the various employees getting the hotel to tip-top shape; in its dynamic editing and camera angles, the sequence feels like a capitalist variation on early Soviet filmmaking.