Sep 21, 2020
When it’s musical month you can bet on us watching and talking about a movie that just gets our toes tapping. This week, we’ve got a musical all the way from 1935, starring the two greats, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Which one of their ten co-starring films is in store for us today? Why, it’s the Mark Sandrich film, Top Hat!
If you wanted to hear us talk about our various haircuts, how hot it is these days, and how much Sean envies Steven’s fluffy hair, then you’re listening to the right podcast. Welcome to More Haircuts Please! We’re very happy to introduce this brand new show to you today, dear listener. Thank you for tuning in.
Nah, just kidding. Today, we’re actually launching a new podcast about our distaste for other classic and much-loved musicals. Down with The Wizard of Oz! Down with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory!
Just kidding again. We’re talking about Top Hat today, for reals. It’s one of the many films that starred both Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a.k.a. “Fred & Ginger.” They really cornered the market on dazzling audiences with great songs, astounding dancing, and plot lines that may not carry the most substance, but are still a heck of a lot of fun.
There’s a serious case of mistaken identity in this one. Isn’t that how it always goes in films? A man loves a woman. The woman thinks he’s actually another person altogether and is, therefore, a lying, cheating, cad of a man because he’s hitting on her while being married to a mutual friend. It sure does make for quite the contentious relationship, and also quite the enjoyable movie.
Steven (and Sean) enjoyed many of the brilliant and surprisingly recognizable songs peppered throughout the film. When you hear the opening chords and verses of Cheek to Cheek you know you’re in for a great time.
Sean had a lot of fun watching the capable cinematography. All of the shots were designed to showcase the incredible talents of the two leads. It’s hard to watch a film like this one and not feel the urge to get up and start dancing along with them.
We’ll have a very special musical in store for you next week. Tune in to listen to us discuss something wonderful.
(Recorded on July 16, 2020)
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