Top Hats & Twirls: An Ode to Astaire/Rogers

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They’re considered the most iconic dance partners on film. Their classiness transcended their films and their romantic lullabies created a space for elegance to thrive in a world depressed by war. We are talking, of course, of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, whose multiple film collaborations made them the most iconic male-female musical duo of their time, my pick for this month’s Dynamic Duo in Classic Film Blogathon.

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Revue: An American in Paris (1951) ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Often overlooked and often compared to its more iconic counterpart,ย Singin’ in the Rain, is one of my favorite pictures to watch on days when there’s nothing to do or when there’s too much to do.ย Ifย Singin’ in the Rain is that classic Hollywood romp you watch late at night until 1:30am in the morning (andย what a lovely morning!), thenย An American in Paris is its daytime Parisian companion piece.

The charm and positive attitude ofย An American in Paris is what always gets to me. Hollywood will always be Hollywood with its sawdust soundstages and thin wooden sets, but the old-world charm of the Paris setting completely transports you to a land of culture where everyone is either in the arts or sipping espressos in the Latin Quarter.

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Revue: Royal Wedding (1951) ๐Ÿ‘‘

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