Swing Time

Swing Time

DVD - 1936
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Fred Astaire plays a gambler intent on raising $25,000 in New York in order to marry his fiance back home. Romantic complications occur when he meets dancing teacher, Ginger Rogers. Memorable songs include "The Way you look tonight" which won an Academy Award. Swing time, the fifth in the series of Astaire-Rogers musicals, is one of the best, due to the Jerome Kern score, the dramatic dance sequences and beautiful art direction.
Publisher: Burbank, California : RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., ©1936.
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9780780639881
078063988X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,12 cm

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samjenks
Jul 16, 2019

Astaire does a dance in black face, why? That explains why this movie is not well shown. Plus it depicts him as a person that float by everything and tricks people out of things. Oh, and don't forget the gambling.

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bodegajay0591
Jul 09, 2019

Please, SAPL, get the Criterion Collection edition.

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matcat44
Jul 08, 2019

Tried fast forwarding to the dance scenes. The rest is so very dated couldn’t watch.

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Reading_Right
Feb 07, 2018

Ugh. Love Fred Astaire, his movies, and all those with Ginger, but this script is SO bad, even for Follywood, even for 1936. I gave it one and half stars for the dancing, though, there isn't a really spectacular standout one in this movie, and that goes for the music too. (However, the dancing and music is always good.)

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UncommonDissent
Dec 23, 2016

Probably my favorite film from these two. Great songs, dancing and comedy. I believe the song "The Way You Look Tonight" from this movie was nominated for an Oscar...

LPL_ShirleyB Oct 11, 2016

There's nothing like context! Take a 21st century view of a 1936 movie...discomfort, thanks to the homage to Bill Robinson's Bojangles. And still the dancing and music are unparalleled. I recommend reading the forthcoming book Swing Time by Zadie Smith for a contemporary view. Peace!

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RescueDog
Aug 16, 2016

Lots of great music. Lots of great dancing. Also has humor. Astaire wasn't the best singer, though.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 14, 2016

GREAT 1936 b/w film pairing once again Fred Astaire (at age 37) and Ginger Rogers (at 25).
This is another terrific movie of theirs which I rate way up there with 1935's 'Top Hat', but I still give 'Easter Parade - from 1948 (so they had lots more time to perfect their act) - the very highest rating.
Lots of fun - humor, music, dancing, staging, everything. I particularly enjoyed the staging for 'A Fine Romance' set in snowy woods near New Amsterdam Lodge.
And it's always great to see Ginger in those fabulous dresses where she uses one hand to lift the hem to show off her legs while spinning and twirling.
A funny visual with lipstick all over Fred's face after he kisses her. Also in 'The Way You Look Tonight' with Ginger's fab red hair totally covered in thick white shampoo.
The Bojangles of Harlem tune was interesting with Fred in somewhat subdued blackface (no white lips) and with a totally white lady chorus line - glad that it's not clipped from the film.
For some reason, I always turn closed caption subtitles on - even though I'm a native English speaker. Perhaps it frees up my mind a little to look around more at other film aspects. Somewhat odd that they don't include them on the songs. Seems that would be a great add for non-English speaking viewers...
At any rate, this was a great view and I'm checking to see if there are any more Astaire/Rogers films I haven't seen yet.

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garycornell
Jun 29, 2014

How could they miss with stars like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers singings such songs as Pick Yourself Up, The Way You Look Tonight and my favorite, A Fine Romance. Astaire does a solo dance with him dancing to his shadow, which will be in the history books of Broadway Musicals. A really good time with a wonderful couple in Astaire and Rodgers. It just doesn't get any better than these two in a movie musical.

d2013 Jun 16, 2013

What a pair... dancing royalty. Loved it!

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