Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers:Symbiotic Collaboration
Theresa Brown aka CineMaven has tasked us with a Classic Symbiotic Collaboration as sometimes movie teams do such things as Collaborations of acting and directing. The Classic Symbiotic Collaborations blogathon where the participants have to talk about a movie director and a movie stars who were known for working together in more then one movie. I choose to to go with Prolific Director Mark Sandrich with the duo of fred and ginger rogers. talented blogger Theresa Brown (Cinemaven’s Essays From the Couch) is hosting this event today and yesterday. .This post is part of the Classic Symbiotic Collaborations Blogathon hosted by CineMaven. Be sure to check out the other posts here! Today i will review Mark Sandrich movies he directed starring fred and ginger rogers
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers:Symbiotic Collaboration reviews
Top hat review
Top hat has everything that makes a great musical work so greatly. It stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers alongside with Edward Everett Horton and Helen Broderick. They lead the cast in this delightfully charming musical comedy as they all give us some fine acting here.
The dancing is really stand out here as Fred and ginger are a magical duo that are a joy to watch on screen. Irving Berlin penned some wonderful musical numbers which is classic such as Isn’t This A Lovely Day, Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails, and, of course, Cheek To Cheek as they are some of the best musical numbers to film.
Cheek to cheek is one of my favorite musical numbers of the golden age. It truly is wonderful to watch that delightful to watch the feathers fly off ginger Rogers. The Piccolino is wonderful and one of the best musical numbers in the movie.
Top Hat is a terrific musical about mistaken identity that pushes the “joke” to the limit but never takes itself very seriously. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are perfect as actors, dancers, and pals in this engaging comedy with several great dance numbers makes it a gem for the ages.
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Shall We Dance (1937) review
This one always is considered a lesser Fred and ginger movie. It is really one of the best team ups of the duo. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore and Ketti Gallian and William Brisbane and Harriet Hoctor. It has really wonderful acting by all of the cast. It has the wonderful soundtrack by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin who only did it for this movie ever for Fred Astaire which is a shame as it’s one of the best soundtracks of the golden age.
Fred Astaire does a tap in an engine room in shall we dance which i do call to be one of the best musical numbers of the golden age. It is truly magical to watch Fred Astaire tap dance to the beat of the engine room. It truly is one of the golden ages finest musical scenes as it really is just pure magic to watch Fred do that number.
It is different from Astaire Rogers combos as it has such different numbers that does really mix jazz and ballet and tap to make a real good dancing moves for the duo. It has some of the greatest musical numbers ever to be done for the duo.
Shall We Dance stands out as one of the best musical gems of the 1930’s. It is truly a fun classic gem to enjoy anytime.
The Gay Divorcee (1934) review
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and Alice Brady and Edward Everett Horton all star in this duo’s follow up to flying down to rio. This movie teamed the leads together for the second time as it has fine acting by the cast. It has some great musical numbers and a good charm to boot makes it one of the duo’s finest classics.
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Follow the Fleet (1936) review
FOLLOW THE FLEET (RKO Radio, 1936), directed by Mark Sandrich, marks the fifth pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and one of their top musicals of the era with a bright score by Irving Berlin which really shines greatly with a wonderful cast of talented legends.
Let’s Face the Music and Dance is the most memorable. It’s a production number played to an audience in this story which finds Astaire and Rogers in a Monte Carlo setting sporting their signature costume attire. It truly one magical scene as one of the finest musical numbers of any era.The delightful and many musical numbers by Irving Berlin really does make for some screen magic. It has even a few scenes of a legend that will become famous later called betty grable. It has some magical acting by everyone in the cast.
Follow the Fleet is truly a magical classic for the ages as one of the finest musicals any era.
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Carefree (1938) review
In the eighth of ten screen appearances together, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were firmly established as Hollywood’s leading dancing pair. It is a delightful musical comedy really one of the underrated classics of that era. It is funny and charming screwball comedy gem with some fun musical numbers and great acting by everyone makes a true gem.
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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical numbers
The duo starred in many great musicals together many of which were directed by Mark Sandrich. I would say one they are one of the best duos of talents all time together.
In Flying Down to Rio,i would say this number is one of their finest numbers together. It truly is a fun screwball dance number that is really a joy to watch as the duo really makes some magic together.
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Night And Day in The Gay Divorcee has them truly doing a magical dance number that really is pure magic to watch them dance together.
Cheek to cheek is one of my favorite musical numbers of the golden age. It truly is wonderful to watch that delightful to watch the feathers fly off ginger Rogers. The pure bliss of this scene as you see them dance together here. It truly shines here seeing them dance together with some fine cinematography makes the scene extra magical. It is truly among the finest of the golden age.
Swing time’s wonderful dance scene truly has some magical spark as you see them really dance with pure magic.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing to The Piccolino. Really is something special to watch yet one of the many times they dance together which is pure magic on the screen.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. As Katharine Hepburn famously said He gave her class, she gave him sex. It was magic to watch the duo dance together.Its anyday you watch them you will have pure magic to watch them dance as they are the truly most magical of duos of the golden age.
Today’s talk I honored the duo for the Classic Symbiotic Collaboration if you want to check out the other posts for this wonderful event. Thanks to the wonderful host of this event as it was such a joy to talk about this duo.