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TOP HAT, 1935
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Director: Mark Sandrich

Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers and Edward Everett Horton

Review by Russell Hill

SYNOPSIS:

An American dancer comes to London, falls in love with a beautiful woman and tries to win her affection.

REVIEW:

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers two names which are synonymous with dancing. They starred in many films together and continue to inspire dancers of all ages. Top Hat is regarded as their best and, after watching it, it is very difficult to find another film of theirs which is any better.

Top Hat takes place in London. An American dancer called Jerry Travers (Astaire) is busy preparing in his hotel room for an upcoming show. Tapping away, Jerry annoys the person who is in the room below him. Dale Tremont (Rodgers) believes that Jerry is Horace Hardwick (Horton), who is married to her friend, and does not reciprocate his romantic feelings. The comedy ensues because Dale still believes that Jerry and Horace is the same person and the former tries to win her affection.

It doesn't matter if you're into musicals or not because the songs which feature in Top Hat have become American classics. The renowned Irving Berlin was responsible for its score and, when such songs as Cheek to Cheek are taken into consideration, it isn't surprising that the film is regarded as a classic by many.

Astaire and Rodgers sizzle in their respected roles. Their dance sequences continue to inspire dancers of all ages because they captivate the audience. Screwball comedies were very popular in the 1930's and 1940's, especially as variety shows normally included a screwball comedy act. The comic timing of both Astaire and Rodgers shows a more glamorous side to Hollywood than what we see now, especially as characters from this era are viewed as being infallible or perfect.

Top Hat made a significant profit. Having featured in many contemporary films, such as Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, the film will continue to inspire audiences for generations to come, especially as its soundtrack is instantly recognisable. Top Hat has become part of the way we are and its influences can be seen in Broadway productions and television shows which are about dancing competitions. Is Top Hat a classic? I'd say so.

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