Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Video: Astaire & Rogers 1933 dancing debut

Friday, April 20, 2012
Loretta reports:

My thanks to the FIDM Museum for this wonderful post about Fred Astaire's shoes.  It included not only a link to a fascinating interview with the great dancer, wherein he discusses his clothing choices in detail, but this clip from Flying Down to Rio—the first film in which Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire danced together.  They appear only for a short time, but the production is a great example of what musicals accomplished—with talented human beings and no computer special effects—in the 1930s.

Illustration:  Detail from City of New York Municipal Airports poster,  courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.      

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Mike Rendell said...

Superb! They don't make thenm like that any more!

Susan Bailey said...

There's some pretty steamy dancing going on there! Very cool. :-)

Priscilla said...

Super post! Love F.A.

nightsmusic said...

My favorite dancing couple! Thanks so much for the memory lane trip. I could watch them, and Gene Kelly dance all day long.

Kathy said...

Comparing movies of today to those of the 30s & 40s is like comparing a hand-made Persian rug to ugly polyester indoor-outdoor "carpets".

Anonymous said...

Remember that Ginger did everything that Fred did, only backwards in high heels.

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