In this video we have the legend of film scene “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, tap danced by greatest of the great, top hat and tuxedoed Fred Astaire, from the movie Blue Skies, 1946. Such debonairness, such purity, such a cosmopolitan, sophisticated, elegant, carefree performance, conveying lightheartedness, and the elegance, fun, amazement and beauty that a good life can have. It’s lighthearted ease was achieved however, by, according to Fred Astaire, “five weeks of back-breaking physical work”; and the “how’d he do that??” cane work in the dance routine was achieved by a trigger mechanism in the floor. Amazingly – over 40 years before anything like CGI existed – the 9 dancers in the chorus line in the background are all Fred Astaire too. That was done by filming him on two other, separate film strips and then interleaving the film in strips into a montage in the back, creating the line of him dancing in sync with himself. Such skill, precision, energy and amazing ingenuity. One of my favorite parts is how he walks off-stage afterwards in the movie into the dressing room where the roses are being arranged in a vase. The elegance continues off-stage. 🌹 : ) The song is by Irving Berlin. Enjoy!
Can you think of a reason for not sharing this? Neither could I. : )
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