On Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:33:47 -0700 (PDT), gggg gggg
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Never grows old, an Astaire/Rogers classic with captivating music.
1. Why does the camera pan to a close-up shot of Eric Blore's
backside for several seconds (much too long) when he is serving a
2. Why didn't "Night and Day" win an Oscar rather than the "The
Continental" for that year? (Easy question if you know the answer)
TCM has hired a two-bit astrologer, who looks like a horse's ass, to
espouse her knowledge on the film stars' astrological signs in various
movies. Her name is Susan Miller.
Last night she talked about Astaire and Rogers and how the stars and
planets showed that they were meant to be together. What rot.
If you do a Google search on "Carl Sagan, Astrology", results are a
quote where he denounces astrology and spotlights its unscientific
disrepute - followed by a half dozen sites revealing Sagan's astrology
and birth chart. Ignorance knows no bounds.
Beware of magical thinking.
Obsessive Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers Reviews: #2 the Gay Divorcee
I never saw Tonetti as being gay. Maybe wishful thinking?
Don't know why the cameraman was obsessed with Eric Blore's backside.
"Night and Day" was written by Cole Porter for the stage version of
The Gay Divorcee. "The Continental" was written by others
specifically for the film. That's why "Night and Day" couldn't be
nominated for an Oscar. And, it would have won.
THE GAY DIVORCEE, Mark Sandrich, 1934 - The Continental, Best Original Song (First Academy Award)
Night and Day
Misquotation: Backwards and in high heels
"The comment that the dancer Ginger Rogers did everything that her
partner Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels and
therefore with extra difficulty, is often attributed to Rogers
herself. Rogers, however, denied it, although she recounted an
anecdote which gave force to the expression. In her autobiography My
Story (1991), she said that she generally practiced in low heels, and
changed to higher heels when filming. When choreographing 'Smoke Gets
in Your Eyes, Fred Astaire forgot that she would be wearing high
heels. As a result, trying to achieve 'a backwards three-step
turn-jump up the stairs, she nearly lost her balance. She believed,
though, that the actual line was the coinage of the cartoonist Bob
"Years after the near-fall she described, a friend sent her a cartoon
by Bob Thaves, in his 'Frank and Ernest series, from a Los Angeles
newspaper. In the cartoon (which certainly popularized if it did not
originate the saying), Frank and Ernest are shown gazing at a
billboard announcing a Fred Astaire film festival. The caption reads:
'Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything
backwards and in high heels.
From the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
Actually, if you watch them dance, she did not do very much
"backwards". They danced more "side-by-side". And high heels are
fairly easy to get used to. They were a great dancing couple and they
danced as such.