- Thursday, June 14, 2007
Date + TimeThursday, June 14, 2007
LocationPhyllis Wattis Theater
OverviewTop Hat, Mark Sandrich, 1935, 101 min.
Swing Time, George Stevens, 1936, 103 min.
This is quintessential Fred and Ginger - "He gave her style, and she gave him sex," Katharine Hepburn famously said - and it stands with Swing Time as their very best work. In these films Astaire and his collaborator Hermes Pan perfected their methods for getting choreography onto the screen. Irving Berlin's score for Top Hat is one of the most famous in movie history, featuring both "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" and "Cheek to Cheek."
An undisputed high point of the Astaire-Rogers partnership, Swing Time marks Astaire's first experiments with trick photography - in the scene in which he dances with his own shadow. The film includes the numbers "A Fine Romance," "Pick Yourself Up," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "Never Gonna Dance." Music is by Jerome Kern.
Admission + Ticketing
$7 general; $5 SFMOMA members. Does not include Museum admission.
Double features: Films offered on the same date are included in one ticket. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.
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