The swivel of Elvis’ hips, Audrey’s zany bohemian dance in a Parisian café, Travolta’s uber-confident stroll through ’70s Brooklyn. Film has long played a part in shaping our definition of cool, and its efforts go far beyond the rebel without a cause and the yuppie, free-wheeling teen playing hooky from school. Music and dance in the movies—whether it’s the frustrated angst of teens, the aloof gait of hip aristocrats, or the sexy saunter of a private detective—have helped to communicate to generations various understandings of what it means to be hip.
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