Fred Astaire in Top Hat
Thu, Sep 19
12:00 PM — 1:45 PM
NAC160 Convent Avenue
Free Pizza Thursdays presents Fred Astaire in Top Hat, "one of the best musicals ever."Free Pizza Thursdays presents Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Top Hat," "one of the best musicals ever."
"There are two numbers in Top Hat where the dancing on the screen reaches such perfection as is attainable. They are by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for 'Isn't This a Lovely Day?' and 'Cheek to Cheek.' Because Astaire believed that movie dance numbers should be shot in unbroken takes that ran as long as possible, what they perform is an achievement in endurance as well as artistry."
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It has endearing romance, wonderful music and lyrics composed by Irving Berlin . . . and Hollywood's best dancing duo. Musicals rarely get this good."—Crazy Cinema
"The quintessential Fred-and-Ginger vehicle, Top Hat features some of the most glorious, memorable dance sequences ever filmed. The Irving Berlin score includes perhaps the duo’s best-known number, 'Cheek to Cheek,' as well as Astaire’s signature solo number, 'Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails.'
"Like many of their pictures, 'Top Hat' opens with Fred making a bad first impression on Ginger, then spending much of the film trying to get on her good side. This device seems to fit Astaire’s insouciant, sometimes annoying screen persona, though he’s more sympathetic and likable here than in some pictures. Their early scenes, especially the sequence in the rain at the park band shell, are appropriately light and charming, with Ginger especially believable as the young woman annoyed but not entirely displeased by Fred’s attentions."
—Steven D. Greydanus, National Catholic Register