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Busby Berkeley (1895-1976), American director and choreographer of film musicals. Born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles, his early experience was as a dance director on Broadway where he worked on over 20 musicals. He transferred to Hollywood in 1930 when the film musical was in decline and then considered returning to New York. By 1933, however, he was working as dance director for Warner Bros, where his first big success 42nd Street (1933) revitalized the film musical. The film already held many of the hallmarks of his style: large production numbers, with many dancers used for the patterns that they made on screen; and innovative, mobile camera work, utilizing overhead shots, with the cameras moving among the dancers to create a fast-changing kaleidoscope effect. Such techniques lifted the dance section of each film out of its nominal setting into spectacular or dramatic fantasy.
Berkeley's style never changed; he simply developed ever-more elaborate and breathtaking effects and film tricks. His detailed advance planning allowed him to film long sequences in one shot and with only one camera. After his work for Warner Bros-including Dames (1934) and the Goldiggers series (1933, 1936, 1938)- he transferred to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1939, where he remained until 1954, nearly the end of his career.
Sir Matt Busby : It is arguable that Sir Matt Busby was the best British football manager of all time. He built a succession of great sides at Manchester United and in 1968 he led his team to victory in the European Cup—the first time this had been achieved by an English club.
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