in about 100 words or less
US 103m, B&W
Director: George Stevens; Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick, Victor Moore, Eric Blore, Georges Metaxa
Swing Time is a lighthearted musical comedy that features some of the most memorable song and dance routines in the history of Hollywood. Winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song with “The Way You Look Tonight” – Swing Time arguably contains the finest dance numbers that Astaire & Rogers put to film. Though the story was little more than an excuse to stage their song and dance routines, such as “Pick Yourself Up” and “A Fine Romance”, Swing Time is a fabulous showcase of Astaire & Rogers’ extraordinary talents which may have only been surpassed by Top Hat (1935) (Klaus Ming April 2013).
Yep. I agree that Top Hat is better, mostly because I have trouble accepting Astaire as a con artist. Nonetheless, this one is all about the dance numbers.
Well, you cannot beat Cheek to Cheek. That one is a true classic. Saying that I actually preferred Swing Time. More meat on the story here.
I think my favourite dance routine from Swing Time s “Pick Yourself Up” because of its comedic context, and “Cheek to Cheek” in Top Hat.