You'll Love The Way Fred and Ginger Look Tonight in the 5-film, 5-Disc Astaire and Rogers Collection Volume One, including the highly acclaimed Top Hat and Swing Time.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Fans of classic movie musicals will be in heaven with Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 1, featuring the DVD debut of five films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the quintessential dancing duo. The two gems of the set are Top Hat (1935), generally considered their definitive movie, and Swing Time (1936), which many consider their most enjoyable. Follow the Fleet (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), and The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) fill out the set, each with its own charms.
Follow the Fleet
With a score by Irving Berlin, Top Hat is most famous for two numbers, Astaire's definitive tuxedo setting "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" and the feathery duet "Cheek to Cheek." But other joys include Astaire's "Fancy Free" declaration, "Isn't It a Lovely Day," and the grand finale "The Piccolino." Favorite musical moments in Swing Time include the set-piece "Pick Yourself Up," in which Rogers "teaches" Astaire to dance before they break into a spectacular number; the farewell ode "Never Gonna Dance," and the Oscar-winning "Just the Way You Look Tonight," from the team of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields.
Picture quality on the DVD ranges from quite good ( Barkleys) to rather fuzzy ( Shall We Dance). Three of the discs have commentary tracks. John Mueller, the author of Astaire Dancing, does a nice analysis of the dance numbers in Swing Time. Film historian Larry Billman offers more of a series overview on Top Hat. He's joined by Astaire's daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie, who doesn't say a lot but does provide a nice glimpse of Astaire as a father. Pianist Kevin Cole and songwriter Hugh Martin ( Meet Me in St. Louis) team up for the track on Shall We Dance. They speak affectionately about Astaire and Rogers but especially enjoy conversing about George and Ira Gershwin. All five DVDs have a featurette, ranging from 11 to 18 minutes each, and each on a different topic: dance numbers, the series, Astaire and Rogers's early careers, Gershwin music, and the Barkleys reunion. Interviewees include the commentary contributors plus Leonard Maltin, former Astaire partner Barrie Chase, and Broadway performers Noah Racey and Nancy Lemenager. Racey and Lemenager demonstrate some steps, having played the Astaire and Rogers roles in the 2003 Broadway musical Never Gonna Dance, which was based on Swing Time. Also filling out the discs are various musical shorts and cartoons.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
(No Available Copies)
If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!Create a Want