Fred combined elegance and dance in a way that no man has done since. His slim, physical presence was elegance personified. If called upon to wear a tux - which he often was - he wore it in a way that was both hyper-cool and correct. The tux was invented for Fred. (Not really, but he sure gave it pizazz.) He danced as if it were second nature to him. Though from comments he made over the years, we know he spent many gruelling hours rehearsing and was known to say that he had trouble with ordinary ballroom dancing. Hard to believe. But the important thing is, on film, he made it look as natural and as easy as strolling down a lane.
Ten Fred Astaire films I love:
THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934)
TOP HAT (1935)
SWING TIME (1936)
SHALL WE DANCE? (1937)
YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH(1941)
EASTER PARADE (1948)
THE BANDWAGON (1953)
DADDY LONG-LEGS (1955)
FUNNY FACE (1957)
SILK STOCKINGS (1957) Fred and Ginger dancing in SWING TIME, here. Fred and Cyd Charisse dancing in THE BANDWAGON, here.
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Fred and Ginger dance to Cole Porter's Night and Day, here.
Fred and Ginger dancing in SWING TIME, here.
Fred and Cyd Charisse dancing in THE BANDWAGON, here.