Steve Martin and Gilda Radner - Dancing in the Dark @ 26 October 2013 11:02 AM


One of TV's great moments was "Dancing in the Dark" with Steve Martin and Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live.

One of the things that made it stand out was that the setting was a typical disco club of the day, and when Steve Martin and Gilda Radner spotted each other, the trendiness of the era vanished for them and it all became about real stylishness, real music and true artistry (even though they clowned around a little, which was also fun). When they finished dancing, the disco music came back up, and there we all were, trapped in what is accepted as the style of the day, whether we all like it or not.

After Gilda Radner's passing, Steve Martin presented this clip again and become as emotional as viewers had ever seen him, before or since. When TV news shows reported the loss of Gilda Radner, they also used "Dancing in the Dark".



This particular version of "Dancing in the Dark" is from the soundtrack of the MGM classic, The Band Wagon.The legendary Uan Rasey actually hits a flawed note at one point, but the overall performance and impact of the whole is so great that it was left the way it is.

It's a masterwork of musician and composer, and yet it is not perfect. In this era of over-editing, over-shooting and CG to cover flaws, it's important to remember that you sometimes have to look at the work as a whole, otherwise the unchecked pursuit for perfection becomes like sawing legs off a coffee table to keep it from wobbling.
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