Film

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SWING TIME (1937)
By George Stevens
With Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers


16 December 2018 | 11 am
Salle Camille Blanc, Grimaldi Forum Monaco

- Free entrance -

To avoid ruining his career as a dancer, “Lucky” was prevented by his friends from going to his wedding. Ordered by his fiancée’s father only to show himself again once he had made his fortune, he heads off to try his luck in New York where he met «Penny,» a young dancer. The most extraordinary pair of screen dancers - Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire - between 1934 and 1940, experienced a lavish period: a series of musicals, produced by Pandro Berman for RKO made them popular. The director and actors embroidered variations which still seem fresh to us. The dialogue is sharp, often full of humour and the entire film is refreshing. And then there are the tap dance sequences: Fred Astaire’s number, dancing with three giant shadows, is a wonder of inventiveness, rhythm, choreographic intelligence. The duos with Ginger Rogers are absolutely perfect.

 

SWING TIME - USA, 1936, B&W, 103 min
Directed by George Stevens - Music Dorothy Fields et Jerome Kern - Choreographer Hermes Pan - Artistic director Van Nest Polglase, Carroll Clark - With Fred Astaire (John Garnett, « Lucky »), Ginger Rogers (Penelope Carroll, « Penny »).