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10 /10
Average Rating
9.68 /10
Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , Edward Everett Horton
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Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Written by: Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott from Taylor and Cole Porter's musical The Gay Divorcee and Alexander Farago and Aladar Laszlo's play The Girl Who Dared

Released: 1935
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 100


An American dancer (Fred Astaire) falls for a young woman (Ginger Rogers), but their romance does not run smoothly.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Astaire and Rogers had already made three films together, but this is the first to be designed around them. She supplies a Broadway-style drive which perfectly balances his more English diffidence. Despite a corny, far-fetched plot, there's a good deal of humour which can still raise a smile; the sets are classics of Art Deco design; and Irving Berlin's songs combine lyrical simplicity, melodic beauty and structural ingenuity (Cheek To Cheek has one of the longest verses in the history of popular music). Above all, Astaire's dancing, acting and singing reveal a grace, originality and charm which - decades later - still make him look a performer of unique, miraculous talent. Oscar-nominated for Best Art Direction (Carroll Clark, Van Nest Polglase), Best Choreography (Hermes Pan), and Best Song for Cheek to Cheek.

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