lundi, août 28, 2006

Best Flick, Ever

...Heaven... I'm in heaven....

I'm the proud owner of Top Hat (1936) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It's the pinnacle of their career together, IMHO.

Why do I love this movie so much? Well...

- What couldn't Fred Astaire do? He could sing, dance, act, and he was naturally...endearing

- The whole look and feel of the movie epitomizes class without being blue blood

- Every frame is artfully filmed, framed, and positioned. Hitchcock was the master of this, but before that, we had the aesthetic of Top Hat. From the ivory backgrounds of the art deco hotels that accented the black suits and dresses of the main characters, to the Piccolino scene where the viewer would think a curtain is going up but it's one of the dancers dresses swinging to the side.

- Ginger's wardrobe. Nuff said.

- It's romantic and fun

- The best scene, ever - Fred and Ginger's dance scene with the feathered dress, scored by Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek"

And Astaire was 35 when this was filmed.

I could watch this movie over and over again... I couldn't do the plot justice here but it's a hilarious take on mistaken identity with cleverly written lines.

Jibberish, all of the above. That's what happens when I'm smitten.


Blogger Mike said...

"Cheek to Cheek" is good, but "The Way You Look Tonight" in the Astaire/Rodgers movie "Swing Time" is astoundingly good.

8:09 AM, août 31, 2006  
Blogger Phelony Jones said...

Mike, where you been all my life.

8:18 AM, août 31, 2006  
Blogger still Unreal... said...

Top Hat?

I'll admit to having seen it on multiple occasions, but the best...?

Together, I guess...
How do you rank "Daddy Long Legs", "A Damsel in Distress" or "Funny Face?"

10:32 AM, septembre 01, 2006  
Blogger Mike said...

In 53186, we have a lot of time to watch the classics.

6:49 PM, septembre 01, 2006  

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