Format: TCM on DVR
Director: George Stevens
What with the freeze on here in Austin, Jamie requested we watch something we didn't have to follow closely and wouldn't be depressing. Well, I happened to have recorded Swing Time (1936), a famed Fred Astaire/ Ginger Rogers collaboration.
We did NOT have to pay much attention to the movie to follow the film.
|just a couple of Hollywood hoofers|
Uh, look. I just don't have the time, energy or headspace to give the movie proper consideration. It has a cute, very 1930's plot about plucky underdogs finding their way to the big time and glamour through dance. Unfortunately - the big show stopper number they give Astaire to show off his talents is a minstrel number in black face, and... you know... sometimes dealing with the racism of our forebears is a real fucking bummer. Like, you're just going about your business and cheering on the two lovebirds of the picture, and then Astaire turns around and starts slathering on blackface, and you're like "COME ON, MOVIE."
Anyway - already exhausted and not wanting to deal with nonsense, it was not welcome and kind of threw me off from the admittedly lovely final dance sequence ending. The movie is a good, light-hearted musical romance. I very much enjoyed the lead and supporting characters, and it was fun. Oh, and, yes, I hope you like the song "The Way You Look Tonight", because this movie loves it.
I've seen other Astaire movies, but few Ginger Rogers films, and she really was perfect for the screen for what they were doing. Lovely, all the grace you read about, and perfectly paired with Astaire.
|and she knew how to wear a gown|
And, hey, she was pretty funny, too, in her own right.
Anyway - its' worth watching at some point from an historical and entertainment persepctive, but be aware of the "oh god, this is super racist" 10 minutes or so that I would more than understand would be a solid reason not to watch the film.