Broadway

Broadway

Backstage musical where a dancer is faced with sticking with her poor choreographer boyfriend or going out with rich gangsters offering her a faster ticket to the big time. There's some fancy camerawork on display here for its era, and overall its not a bad movie, but the plot was just too repetitive for me to get into the film. There so many scenes of the guy lecturing the girl on staying out of trouble, even though the film is a bit critical of him, there's not enough variation to keep things going.

Stories about films from this era being terrible are a bit overstated I think, so I don't like to give a film too much extra credit for innovating in one area. Its certainly interesting to see how the medium evolves, but these milestone films seem to be very quickly left behind by the rapid innovation of the industry. Interesting camera movements are nice, but I'd much prefer more interesting character work in the scenes than just technical embelishments.