Largely unstagy tap dance scenes, with basic and solo musical numbers. The one thing that separates dramatic realism from the often-irritating differentiation of ‘genre’ isn’t dramatic narrative or emotional affection... but the way it gives you something you cannot see in real life and therefore allows the narrative to slow down for those set pieces. So, where was the in-ordinary in the musical genre-film, Top Hat?
A marriage of music and film, comedy and dance, heart and soul; conveying the character development not through words, but through dance. Each number shot with breath-taking simplicity(the lack of cuts is astonishing), and where Astaire is technical, Rogers is emotive, revealing changing emotions in each movement, and the film wonderfully shows us how, when cheek to cheek, these two are perfect together.
Ginger Rogers goes to bed without taking her makeup off in a ornate bed that's way over the top. Everybody lives in luxurious hotel rooms with enough space to tap dance at all hours of the day and night while drinking from fully stocked bars. Did they really live like this? What mad fantasy is this? Has a few memorable music and dance numbers.