Dance and film writer Debra Levine looks back at the influence of Hollywood choreographer Jack Cole, his work with Marilyn Monroe and Cole's unsung accomplishments as director of celebrated film sequences such as 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
EXCERPT from PillowTalk: Jack Cole, Unsung Genius recorded on August 14, 2010.
PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Moderated by Jacob' Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.
Los Angeles Times dance critic Debra Levine has been covering L.A.'s cultural beat for two decades. A Pittsburgh native, she has lived in New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tel Aviv, nurturing her arts passion in all cities. Recently Levine was fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Criticism Institute at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. In 2009 she led the successful grassroots movement to save the classic film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Levine blogs about dance, film, music and urban culture for Huffington Post and her own blog arts.meme. artsmeme.com