Top Hat (1935)

MARK SANDRICH

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

USA, 1935.  RKO Radio Pictures.  Story by , Screenplay by Dwight Taylor, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

This one is regarded by many as the best of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals (I like Swing Time better), probably because it epitomizes the art-deco sets and classic dance numbers that we love their movies for the most. The dynamic duo dance “Cheek to Cheek” as two performers who happen upon each other by accident in a hotel in the middle of the night and are immediately attracted to the prospect of a new dancing partner. After that, the fun never stops!

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Art Direction; Best Song (“Cheek To Cheek”); Best Dance Direction (“Piccolino”, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”)

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