• Publication date: December 2, 2010

Shall We Dance Shall We Dance

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“Shall We Dance” is a drama with an extensive history behind it. ...

“Shall We Dance” is a drama with an extensive history behind it. It is an American reinterpretation of Japanese filmmaker Masayuki Suo’s “Shall We Dansu” which in turn, is a reference to a 1934 American film also entitled “Shall We Dance” starring legend Fred Astaire. John Clark is a successful lawyer who is looking to find meaning and enjoyment in his monotonous life. Each day on his way home he sees a lovely lady gazing through the glass window of a dancing studio. He wonders who this girl may be and is awestruck by her beauty. Desperate to know more about the girl, he hastily jumps off a subway train while returning home one night and runs to the dance studio to sign up for lessons, hoping that his instructor will be the lovely Paulina. Unfortunately, John is paired with Miss Mitzi, a woman who is very much his senior. Nevertheless, John begins to find pleasure in the ballroom dancing lessons and continues attending. When he is finally able to talk to Paulina, she makes it clear that she has no intention to do anything except dance. But by this time John has fallen in love with dancing and is no longer only seeking to get a glimpse of Paulina. Once a stumbling idiot on the dance floor, John has gained a true appreciation of the art and uses it to escape from the day-to-day stresses of his job. However, neither John’s wife Beverly, nor his coworkers know about his secret life as a dancer, and his absence from home at night arouses suspicion. As he prepares to enter one of the city’s most esteemed dance competitions, John battles to maintain his dancing ambition and his wife’s love, all while living a secret nightlife. “Shall We Dance” was no slouch at the box office. The picture ran in theaters for over four months, grossing 57 million dollars in the United States alone. A little under two hours long, “Shall We Dance” is rated PG-13 for occasional sexual references and adult language.