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Have you ever sat down and watched Fred Astaire Dance?

by jonaja (follow)
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I sat down one day and watched Fred Astaire dance, and now fully understand 'why' he was the best.

Have you ever watched him really dance, and if so what did you think?

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After watching his feet move, and how elegant he was I could not believe what I was looking at for all those years ago.
He was one of a kind, and I haven't seen anyone since.
Maybe they are just one of a kind to visit this world and, give so much joy!
I love watching Fred Astaire dance (and sing!). He is so elegant and nimble, but with a lightness of touch that very few others have mastered.
Exactly :)
by jonaja
Absolutely - however I prefer to watch Fred and Ginger (Rogers) dance together - their timing is something else.
by Lucy
I know, they were made for each other.Just wonderful to watch.
by jonaja
I understand he is an excellent dancer however I cannot sit and watch a whole film of his, as I find them rather uninteresting and with little plot.

Even though his dancing is so good, about 15 minutes is probably enough for me.
by Finy
I did it Finy...I posted a Question :)
by jonaja
congrats Jonaj -good on you! hope to see more.....
by Finy
I did 3 more, but they didn't show up :(
by jonaja
No I've never sat down to watch him dance. I've only seen him in passing.
Give him 2-3 minutes of your time, you won't be disappointed :)
by jonaja
Nailed it, jonaj :). Honestly, though, I've never seen the man dance. Perhaps I'l Youtube hum when I get the chance.
by Vee
He's well worth the watch :) even just few minutes.
by jonaja
LOL, you're right jonaj. Even my son loved it!
by Vee
Can you believe that was over 70 years ago?...amazing.
by jonaja
It's hard to believe the footage is from seventy years ago. The dancing I can believe. There were some great talents then.
by Vee
I've seen him in a few movies, and yes, he is a very good dancer. I don't, however, consider him particularly better than any other professional dancer.
I adore old movies and watching Fred Astaire dance is an absolute joy. I know some of the plots are a little dated, but the dancing absolutely makes up for it. Some of the more modern films like Easter Parade, Royal Wedding and Barkleys of Broadway have a much better plot line. There's one scene in Royal Wedding called You're All the World to Me and it was so ahead of it's time - Fred Astaire is literally dancing on the ceiling and this was all achieved through shooting the scene in a barrel type room with a mounted camera. So talented.
Agree that he was one of kind, but there's a similar natural talent in the dancing of Gene Kelly.
Yes Gene was very good indeed.
I am still leaning for Fred, as I watched his feet move. :)
by jonaja
Many times, watching the man dance is like watching magic happen before your eyes. And although I love watching him with Ginger Rogers, I also have a soft spot for the movie Easter Parade, in which he co-stars with Judy Garland.
He was the Master :) wasn't he....wow.
by jonaja
I love watching him dance, but whenever I do I think about how much of a perfectionist he was. He would rehearse obsessively and expect the same from his dance partners. He lost one of his more famous partners, Ginger Rogers because of his relentless drive for perfection. Despite this I still love watching him.
wow I didn't know.. :)
by jonaja
I like his dancing.
by Gia
by jonaja
Why would one have to sit down to watch Fred Astaire dance? Oddly worded question!

However, yes, I've seen him dance in many films, with 'Top Hat' being my favourite.
It had the marvellous Edward Everett Horton in it as well!

Gene Kelly was also a brilliant dancer, but I could never take to 'Singin' in the Rain'!

If you want a laugh, listen to Michael Crawford's interview for a job, with Gene Kelly.
by jonaja
For reasons unknown, I have always preferred Gene Kelly.
by Rice
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