Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, 1948.
Beautiful music…Dangerous rhythm…
Watching this (and fearing broken ankles with each loop) I can’t helping thinking about that old quote Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.
But no, if you watch closely you’ll see she doesn’t even step on the last chair. That means she had to trust that fucker to lift her gently to the ground while he was spinning down onto that chair. That takes major guts. I’d be pissing myself and fearing a broken neck if I were in her place. Kudos to her.
I can’t stop watching this.
And his arm position doesn’t even fucking change. Like, he holds his posture so well that you have to stare at their feet to notice he’s carrying her whole weight.
"Fred Astaire was always a bit insecure, and he often worried that when people watched his films, they would look at Rita Hayworth’s stunning beauty, or Cyd Charisse’s long legs, or Eleanor Powell’s tap-dancing, or Ginger Rogers’ fashion sense. So, he made sure to incorporate a solo routine in every one of his films, so that at least once in the movie, all eyes would be on him." -Robert Osborne.
Fred Astaire’s solo dances, 1930’s.
For what is dancing but making love set to music, playin’.
This is why Fred Astaire is the best
The Gay Divorcee (1934) dir. Mark Sandrich
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) with Fred & Ginger!
"People think I was born in top hat, white tie and tails." — Fred Astaire
Original Caption: Fred Astaire, rested after a three months’ vacation in the East, is back in Hollywood preparing for his next Radio picture, “Follow the Fleet,” in which the dancing comedian will again be co-starred with Ginger Rogers. Reports to the contrary, the team of Astaire and Rogers will not be dissolved. In four pictures, Fred and Ginger have scaled filmdom’s heights. Beginning with “Flying Down to Rio” and proceeding through “The Gay Divorcee,” “Roberta” and “Top Hat,” they have toppled records everywhere and given the world a brand-new type of “class” entertainment…
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” (1939)