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- DescriptionThe partnership between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, which was born and reached its peak in the Hollywood musical of the 1930s, is one of the most enduringly popular ever to have graced the cinema screen. This important new study explores the series of seven films - from The Gay Divorcee in 1934 to Carefree in 1938 - that represent the quintessential 'Fred and Ginger'. Astaire and Rogers are most rewned for their peerless dance duets, but these constitute only a small proportion of the time they appeared on screen together. Their skills as performers and their remarkable rapport are equally apparent in their acting and singing, and in Fred and Ginger Hannah Hyam analyses all three aspects of their partnership in depth, illuminating the qualities that give it such timeless appeal. Distinguishing the seven 'Fred and Ginger' films from the three others that Astaire and Rogers made together, the book defines their characteristic features and assesses their relative merits, before going on to examine in detail the romantic partnership between Fred and Ginger as pursued in dialogue, song and dance throughout the series. Generously illustrated with choice black and white stills, Fred and Ginger will be welcomed t only by Astaire-Rogers enthusiasts and students of the genre but by all lovers of film and of true artistry in music and dance.
- Author BiographyHannah Hyam earns her living as a freelance copy-editor and (occasional) proof reader, specialising in academic, educational and literary texts. Fred and Ginger, her first published book, is purely a labour of love, inspired by a passionate appreciation of Astaire and Rogers and an abiding affection for their films.
- Author(s)Hannah Hyam
- PublisherPen Press Publishers
- Date of Publication11/06/2007
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationBrighton
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPen Press Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight391 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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