IFC posted this downright delightful Valentine’s Day piece that is really a Valentine to like-minded movie lovers: Five Insanely Romantic Fred Astaire Dances
All in all, a top-notch selection of Fred Astaire moments– and I’m particularly tickled pink that my personal favorite, Hard to Handle, from Roberta, made the cut! But I gotta admit that the final choice, He Loves and She Loves from Funny Face, is the weakest of the lot. (It’s gorgeous soft focus photography, absolutely, but Astaire and Hepburn’s earlier number, Funny Face, is ever so much more engaging.)
Have a read: hope it sweetens this February 14th for you!
Five Insanely Romantic Fred Astaire Dances
Call me old-fashioned, call me an insanely committed movie dork; hell, call me an insanely committed, old-fashioned movie dork but there’s nothing I like better on Valentine’s Day than a quiet night in with my wife, a home-cooked meal and great old films. Our favorites are the classic MGM musicals. You can’t go wrong with Gene Kelly, of course, but I think Valentine’s Day belongs to Fred Astaire, who produced many of his best onscreen moments with a woman at his side. The air of romance in Astaire’s best films is so thick it’s beyond intoxicating: it’s positively infectious. Here are five of his most insanely romantic dance numbers.
Read the rest of the story and watch the video clips here.
And here is my humble addendum to the list: Audrey and Fred dancing in the dark…room. ;)