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Everything posted by lifeboater

  1. Here are the missing quotes: A good Holiday book to read is: "Reading Dance" (1998) edited by Rober Gottlieb--which has some terrific essays about Fred Astaire. For instance: If Walter Pater was right that all arts aspire to the condition of music, the "Waltz in Swing Time" is where Astaire and Rogers most fully achieve that goal. Its music would seem incomplete without them. Part of its soundworld is the heart-stopping sudden hushes that allow us to hear their feet. But part of what's compelling about her [Rogers} in that period is how unclassy she remains. Even in their screen ve
  2. Fred Astaire had a very fluid, lighter-then-air walk (similar to the dancing movements of female ballet dancers.) I'm often reminded of Astaire when I see young boys skate-walking. (They have tiny wheels in their shoes that allow them to gracefully, and effortlessly walk-"dance". (They might not consider it dancing--but I do.) (See Astaire' s gracefull and effortless walk-dance in "Funny Face".) Gene Kelly's beaultiful tender romantic ballet-like lifts (of Leslie Caron), and Gene and Leslie's breathtaking ballet-like poises in the "An American in Paris" ballet never fail to stir my hea
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