U.S., 1936, 103 min, 2K DCP, Dir. George Stevens, Not rated but suitable for children, Paramount Pictures
“Of all the places the movies have created, one of the most magical and enduring is the universe of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The best of their films is their fifth, Swing Time.” – Roger Ebert, Great Movies
Dance number for dance number, this may be Fred and Ginger’s finest hour. The pair rarely performed with such ebullience as in the “Pick Yourself Up” tap polka; with such virtuosity as in the “Waltz in Swing Time”; and with such tenderness as in the “Never Gonna Dance” closer. Director George Stevens keeps the story — in which gambling man Fred goes to New York seeking fortune and instead finds “a fine romance” with working girl Ginger — sailing along elegantly. Add to that Astaire crooning “The Way You Look Tonight” and a Big White Set to rule them all, and you have one of the screen’s most perfect partnerships’ highest peaks.
Just before the screening, the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Coral Gables will perform a ten-minute dance sure to set the mood. Everyone who attends can show their ticket stubs at the studio for a complimentary dance lesson!
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This screening is made possible by a generous donation from the Harry & Mary Perrin Fund of the Coral Gables Community Foundation and hosted by Don & Jeannett Slesnick.
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