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From the very first steps of Nancy's legendary boots, this groundbreaking television special takes you on a journey through '60s pop culture. Music videos a decade before there were music videos, acclaimed choreography by David Winters, Emmy Award-winning direction by Jack Haley Jr., Nancy and Lee Hazlewood together and Frank, Dean and Sammy in their prime. A classic hour to enjoy over and over again. With trend-setting fashions, hit songs and scenic California locations, it's a trip back to a hip time with one of the coolest women in rock and roll.
Network television was already wrestling with a generation gap and the rowdy cultural upheaval posed by rock when NBC aired this 1967 special for Nancy Sinatra, with younger viewers increasingly tuning out the typical videotaped studio productions that typified TV specials. To sidestep those conventions (and, one suspects, to showcase the star's modest performing gifts to best advantage), director Jack Haley Jr. shot Movin' with Nancy on film in and around Los Angeles, yielding sequences that anticipate the visual experiments that would characterize music videos more than a decade later.
The results are intriguing: for Sinatra's fans, the chance to see her in all her leggy, miniskirted glory will be irresistible, but amateur pop sociologists will be at least as fascinated by the period details and some unwittingly bizarre undercurrents. For the putative teen viewers of the day, there's the psychedelic montage of "Some Velvet Morning," one of several duets with Sinatra's frequent partner at that time, Lee Hazlewood (a country-tinged, B-team Sonny to her blonde variation on Cher), interweaving the two singers on horseback and making much out of bewildering references to Phaedra. For the grownups, there are segments teaming her with Dean Martin (awkwardly addressed as her "god-uncle") and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as a reverential sequence in which she caresses oversized posters of her famous father (including a still from his then-current crime feature, Tony Rome, depicting him with a menacing pistol) that raises all sorts of knotty psychiatric issues.
The mix of Rat Pack glitz, flower power, and mainstream pop gets an added kick with Day-Glo fashions cut to Carnaby Street lines, vintage commercials for Royal Crown Cola ("It's a mad, mad, mad, mad cola!"), and pop covers that likewise lock in a sense of temporal dislocation as Nancy gamely tackles "Up, Up and Away" (in a hot air balloon, of course) and "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!, here goosed with go-go powered dancing. --Sam Sutherland
Brought back a lot of memories as I enjoyed this when it originally came on tv. Yes I am old, but always loved Nancy's style.Published 11 months ago by Vickie
I didn't really appreciate how good of a singer Nancy Sinatra is until I saw this DVD. Long before MTV this special was really groundbreaking. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Julieann
Thank you for sending mé this movie that I last saw in the last 60'er. I was amazing of the qualität.Published on June 6, 2013 by John Sørensen
Like diving into an other time and age! Cool music, cool stars and I am still wondering what happened to Royal Crowne Cola - it seems to have been such a cool brand. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Clemens P. Suter
I was very disapointed when i recieved this item.When i tried to play it i discovered that the disc was cracked.i returned it and got a refund promptly. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by fmann
"movin with nancy" is a spectacular special. what's not to love?! lots of great nancy hits ("sugartown", "jackson", "some velvet morning"), lots of great scenery, and great ratpack... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by marcee r.
If you liked "Liza with a Z", you'll probably like "Moving with Nancy". One is the first concert filmed for television, while Nancy's is a selection of great music videos before... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by landis turner