Fred Astaire , May 10, 1899- June 22, 1987.
At the age of 15 i saw my first Astaire film, expecting some old fuddy duddy ballroom dancer. My oh my. Was there ever a more wonderful gift to the screen? Throw clichés and superlatives his way, but i doubt we’ll ever see his like again.
MY FAVOURITE ROUTINES (click on the green for video)
Puttin’ on the Ritz (Blue Skies),
Dancing in the Dark (The Band Wagon),
Let’s face the Music and Dance (Follow the Fleet),
Girl Hunt: A Mystery in Jazz (The Band Wagon), part.
Never Gonna Dance (Swing Time),
Cheek to Cheek (Top Hat),
He Loves and She Loves (Funny Face),
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (Top Hat),
You’re all the World to me (Royal Wedding),
Begin the Beguine (Broadway Melody of 1940),
Since they Turned Loch Lomond into Swing (Carefree),
Smoke Gets in your Eyes (Roberta).
and here singing
Just the Way you Look Tonight (Swing Time)
“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born” (Fred)
“The history of dance on film begins with Astaire” (Gene Kelly)
“The closest we are ever likely to get to a human Mickey Mouse” (Graham Greene)
Below are his best musicals, the top 4 a cut above the others.Read less