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During the very popular Dancing in the Dark scene from the film The Band Wagon the director Vincente Minnelli manages to foreshadow the fact that Fred Astaires character Tony Hunt and Cyd Charesses alter ego Gabrielle will succeed in becoming a couple by the films conclusion Up until this particular scene the audience has been led to believe through a series of misunderstandings and petty arguments that there will be no hope of romance between the featured couple How then does Vincente Minnelli accomplish his task of foreshadowing despite all of the pre-ceding narrative information Minnelli does not simply use a dialogue full of admissions of love or admiration instead he uses much more unique cinematic tools By employing the myth of spontaneity numerous allusions to marriage a very popular contemporary love song as well as having the number choreographed using a combination of the two protagonists dancing styles all framed within the first complete and uninterrupted number that includs the two of them Minnelli effectively foreshadows their success in overcoming their differences in an effort to find love In Jane Feuers article The Self-Reflective Musical and the Myth of Entertainment she writes perhaps the primary positive quality associated with musical performance is its spontaneous emergence out of a joyous and responsive attitude towards life Feuer p 331 Following this train of thought it becomes logical to deduce that if any one character introduces any other character to a world filled with spontaneity this would instill a life affirming connection between the two
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