I intended to work on the next post in my series, Overlooked at the Oscars, Part 2 -- but I didn't feel like it. That's all. No good reason. Just didn't. (Ah, what a great example of pithy writing ...) Actually, I am in a dreamy mood, and this little post fits the bill tonight.
So I went to YouTube and found my favorite 7 minute, 49 second film, "Let's Face the Music and Dance." I call it that because it is a musical mini-drama which stands on its own within a movie. You don't even have to watch the movie, which is good, because Follow The Fleet (1936) is not my favorite Astaire/Rogers plot. It actually bores me to tears. But oh, the song by Irving Berlin, the fabulous dance at the very end ... It's worth sitting through the rest of the show, although thanks to modern technology (and YouTube poster, iumuggle *thanks!*), I don't have to. As a devoted Rogers/Astaire fan, I believe without doubt that this is the best work they ever did. That's hard to say, because "Cheek to Cheek" is so perfect; however, this is not just a dance. It's a film equivalent of a short story, with their partnership at its greatest. Pay attention at the beginning, because you will see a very young, platinum-blonde Lucille Ball. We also get to see one of Ginger's most gorgeous gowns, a bugle-beaded treasure of a costume. It's lovely, looks ethereal, and was so heavy that one of the sleeves whacked Fred across the face and really hurt! My friend and fellow blogger, Christian of Silver Screen Modiste (see the link to his marvelous blog in my sidebar blogroll), mentioned in one of his articles about Hollywood gowns that the dress weighed about 30 pounds. At this point in her life, Ginger doesn't look like she weighs a whole lot more than that!
I hope you have 7 minutes and 49 seconds to see the best at their best, with, I must say, the most sophisticated, dramatic exit of all the great dance endings they ever did!
Overlooked at the Oscars, Part 2 coming soon....