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Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark (1984)

G | | Short, Music, Musical | Video 1984
Brian De Palma directs the great Bruce Springsteen in one of the most iconic video clips of the 1980's. In it, the boss Springsteen performs his hit "Dancing in the Dark" to a large and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Clarence Clemons ... Clarence Clemons
Steven Van Zandt ... Steven Van Zandt
Max Weinberg ... Max Weinberg
Courteney Cox ... Young Woman


Brian De Palma directs the great Bruce Springsteen in one of the most iconic video clips of the 1980's. In it, the boss Springsteen performs his hit "Dancing in the Dark" to a large and enthusiastic audience, and among the people there, right close to him, is the future star Courteney Cox, who has the chance to dance along with Bruce. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Dancing In The Dark
Written by Bruce Springsteen
Performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
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Springsteen. De Palma. And that lucky girl. Simply awesome
31 July 2016 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

A Bruce Springsteen clip directed by Brian De Palma. Why do I need to say more? You should be watching this right now, specially if you're a fan of the boss or just curious in seeing how the creator of "Carrie" and "Scarface" can manage with a 1980's video clip. But I gotta follow the rules and try to come up with ideas about it. "Dancing on the Dark" has nothing infinitely special like many videos from that era, I admit. However, there's a whole magic to it that makes it interesting. After all, there's Mr. Springsteen and the E. Street Band performing on stage one of their greatest hits, the crowd is enthusiastic but...it's not a real show, it's staged cause it comes with a twist, a twist that resonated better and with more effort now instead of 1984.

Besides the song, the highlight of the video is when Bruce takes a pretty girl from the audience to join him on a dance. And the girls back then went like "Awww, lucky girl" or "That should have been me". Cut to years later and that girl got hugely famous and her very first step to that successful career started here dancing with Bruce and directed by De Palma. And that was Courteney Cox, light years from "Friends" and the "Scream" franchise. The camera simply loved her, from the moment there's this close-up with her and a friend, and she's all excited but shy, thinking she won't be the one picked by Bruce, and then the universe makes it all happen. They were perfect on stage, in tune. It's just one those special moments that you need to see and wonder about the life turns, or how Mr. De Palma actually succeed it with a "minor" project creating one of the most iconic moments of the 1980's and of course, just chill and enjoy "Dancing in the Dark", cause it's just a beautiful song. 9/10

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