Friday, October 21, 2011

From Mr. Darcy & Miss Bennett to Fred & Ginger

Friday, October 21, 2011
Loretta reports:

I've posted about Regency era dancing before (here and here and here).

Do you ever wonder what Elizabeth & Darcy would have made of this?


Genevieve Graham said...

"So You Think You Can Dance" ... eat your heart out! These two were the best, still are.

Hope said...

The may have been confused! Love Fred and Ginger, and that clip is actually my favorite dance from their movies.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

They make dancing look like so much fun!

Scrapiana said...

Wonderful clip! One of my favourite Fred & Gingers too, though Follow the Fleet's melancholy Let's Face the Music and Dance just beats it for me; Ginger's heavily beaded dress is almost a third person in the dance in that one, and if you look very carefully you can see it swipe Fred across the face as she twirls. Must have hurt!

There's a great book about Fred & Ginger by Hannah Hyam. It's essentially a personal response to their films (by Hannah's own admission she's not a dance/film academic) but it's a well researched, thoughtful, scholarly work nonetheless, written with an infectious love of the subject: 'amateur' in the very best possible sense!

Thanks for giving my Friday afternoon a boost - appreciated!

Karenmc said...

Swingtime is my favorite Astaire-Rogers movie, and the gorgeous Never Gonna Dance is my favorite of their dance routines.There's a book, The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Book, by Arlene Croce, that is a fascinating look at the construction of their movies, the choreography process, and has interesting tidbits (Rogers' feet were bloodied by all the dancing in over twenty takes of Never Gonna Dance, and the floor had to be polished between every take).

QNPoohBear said...

Poor Mr. Darcy might have apoplexy but I think Elizabeth would enjoy it. She says in the book she loves to dance. Fred and Ginger were the best at what they did and Lizzie and Darcy could have no better teachers.

Anonymous said...

May be if Mr. Darcy could have a partner like Ginger he would have danced more since he would not have been in want for a partner.
Ginger certainly fits the category of Darcy in regards to a pair of fine eyes to gaze into.

Anonymous said...

Darcy would have had apoplexy.

In another vein, Fred Astaire was *good* at dancing. And he knew it. Some state it's his vanity than had him insist on showing his entire body head-to-toe (whenever possible) when dancing on film, but Wikipedia says it was a "film innovation" invented by him.

Whatever it is... I sure love to watch him dance. Head-to-toe.

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