Swing Time*

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Swing Time*

  • 1936 ----- b & w ----- 103 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by George Stevens; with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore, Betty Furness) One of the best Astaire-Rogers films, with the stars as a dance team whose romance is hampered by Fred's engagement to a girl back home. An ideal musical should use music, not just as an ally of the story, or as a simple diversion from it, but as its motor. And, if it's going to be that important, it's got to be good. The songs turned out by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Dorothy Fields are among the finest ever created for a Hollywood musical, including two classics, "The Way You Look Tonight" and "A Fine Romance" and the wonderfully funny "Pick Yourself Up." There seems to be a special glow to the Astaire-Rogers relationship in this film. More than in any of their other films, we care about them, worry about their inevitabel troubles, and rejoice in the sweetness of their equally inevitable reconcilations. (Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (History: American, Motion Pictures: Features, Music)