SUMMARY: Ahh, poor Lulu!
CHAMPAGNE: When I first saw this I was shocked by the lack of dancing and was relieved when Lulu does her lonely solo. I wasn't old enough to understand 'arty' back then. So I'll pick that moment.
SPOTTED: 1. Near the end, you can just see Sue hiding behind a shop window.
2. Those furs still have the head and legs attached!
3. The old spelling of cigars.
Comments for the following please
SUMMARY: A comment about the dance, anything you want to say.
CHAMPAGNE: Favorite moment from the routine.
SPOTTED: See anything unusual in the routine?
(you don't have to do all sections if you don't want to)
Thats a fair point Mikey. I can see no reason why the camera had to pan back so far to reveal the set surroundings. I would hazard a guess that this later may have been considered a mistake, but they let it through rather than shoot again. Though that solo scene with Lulu was in my mind shot separately from the rest of the rest of the routine.
Just another `spotted`.
The well known TOTPs set studio lights in early 1977 are reflected on the glass. My mind harps back to the fun myself and the dearly departed Floidfan had when David Parton was on this show around this time.
He was the act right before this routine! When he first appeared on the show, right after Car Wash, I remember thinking they must be using some session musician to sing it as Stevie Wonder wasn't available appear. How wrong I was, you think up some strange things when you're young!
I have wondered what they were going for with that shot showing all the stage gubbins like that, perhaps they were trying a new camera crane thing out, i can't recall anything earlier that does this.
I don’t think it’s a mistake Mikey. It’s a Metatheatrical technique that’s used to draw attention to this routine’s uniqueness as a dramatic performance. The Director wants us to see that this is a stage and what we are watching is a staged ‘drama’. L&C are a dance troupe and are not actors, but in this routine they are effectively acting out a scene. It’s deliberate that it happens at the time when Lulu does her solo dance.
The same Metatheatrical technique is used at the very end of Mrs. Brown’s Boys, a 'comedy' that frequently breaks the Fourth Wall.
In the last episode of MOONLIGHTING the set is seen being dismantled around the actors. It is indeed a theatrical deconstruction technique designed to remind the audience/viewers (as if they needed reminding) that they have been watching a performance and real life happens somewhere out there beyond the EXIT sign.