July 27, 2014

love-in-the-time:

grantscary:

so i’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while now but i’m really lazy, as you all probably already know, and i put it off for ages. but i hit 200 followers last week so i think this probably fits  in well with that.

a-c

aint-that-a-kick, archiegrants, astairical, astoundinggrant, beckettscully, bellecs, bettyjoanperskes, billiesburke, buckingamnicks, butttreynolds, byrnsi, capitanfantastic, cinemamonamour, cinyma, clarkbable

d-f

damnjulieandrews, darlinghepburn, deborahkerr, deforest, dinomartins, donnareeds, eldredpeck, eleanorspowell, factoseintolerant, fradine, frdirector, fred—-astaire, fuckyeahfredandginger

g-i

gayworth, geekery15, gingerrogerss, gottatap, gregorypecks, gregxrypeck, haroldlloyds, heddylamarr, henryfondas, hepburnandhepburn, hepburny, inessentialhouses

j-l

jeanmerilynsimmons, jeansarthur, jimmyclifts, joancravvford, joanfontaine, joelmccrea, judiegarland, kate—hepburn, katharinehepburn, lars134, laurabacall, lisbethdurden

m-q

meinthefifties, missavagardner, misterarchieleach, montgomeryclifts, norascharles, ohrobbybaby, owellespaddyfitz, pennycarrol

r-v

rareaudreyhepburn, robertaylors, robertdowneyjr, rogersandastaire, salsmineo, somelikeiticecold, st4nl3yb4ldwin, starshavelosttheirglitter, stewartjimmy, susanapplegate, thebarsofhisplight, thecolgatecomedyhour, tonysperkins, tracylord, tyronepowers, vintagelatte, vivienleighed

w-z

wheresmywanderingparakeet, whipcrackaway, williamholdens, willywains, you-wonderful-you

Thank you very much my dear!!! :D

It’s confirmed that i am an idiot and just realized I reblogged this to the wrong blog. Anyway, the thanks still stand. :)

July 13, 2014

"Barnaby Fulton, I don’t like you."

Ginger Rogers & Cary Grant in Monkey Business (1952)

THE HOTTEST SCENE IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE LEGIT I WAS WAITING FOR THEM TO THROW THE BRUSHES ASIDE AND TACKLE EACH OTHER.

(Source: starshavelosttheirglitter, via archiegrants)

July 13, 2014

astairical:

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers.

Left: Fred and Ginger in Carefree (1938).

Right: At a reunion party in the early 1980’s.

(via somelikeiticecold)

July 9, 2014

missmcgillicuddy said: But what if it was more comfortable dancing commando? Or maybe when he danced with Ginger he wore underwear but when he danced alone he didn't?

nO GURL thInK ABOUt iT

El Capitano would have definitely been way too jarred around, imagine having something external flopping around up in there when you’re trying to dance energetically. And seeing that on screen is no bueno, Hays Code and hilarity being what they were.

It was the fashion not to wear bras very often at the time either, and you can tell sometimes that Ginger isn’t wearing one, but the support is often built into her dresses. So you see, anything that could fly around needs to be secured.

thinking about freddie:

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July 8, 2014
astairical:

So, yesterday, my awesome friend sherlockandsherkey went to this restaurant called Sardi’s, which is near Broadway. Several famous people have been there, and their caricatures are on the wall, too. She found out that Fred and Ginger had been there in 1930, around the time of Ginger’s Broadway debut in Girl Crazy. Now, we all know that those two were romantically involved at that time, and my friend managed to talk to the son of the waiter who served them when they were there. The result? Complete adorableness. 
Fred called first to make a reservation for two, but Ginger arrived there before him. He was running a bit late and came after her — thus starting all the romantic stuff. The waiter went over to the two of them — a little nervous, since he was new at the time. According to him, Fred barely paid him any attention. Most of the time, he was looking at Ginger, and most of the dinner was Fred complimenting her and telling her she looked pretty. In response, she looked back at him romantically. 
The manager came over and introduced himself to the two of them. Guess what Ginger said? “Yes, I’m here with my friend, the old man,” referring to Fred, of course! So, the manager bought them dessert and drinks, and Fred and Ginger shared a chocolate mousse. And he booped her on the nose. When the waiter came back to check on them, Fred wasn’t in his seat — he was beside her. One arm around her, and the other, holding her hand. The waiter also said that Fred told her, “Be serious, what would stand between us?” 
People were shocked to see them and started coming over. Fred was incredibly proud of Ginger, almost as if to say, “Yep, these are your fans!” They paid, leaving a huge tip, and when the waiter came back to collect the check, they were kissing. (Imagine that — with no Hays Code!) So they left, extremely happily, holding hands, and one of the waiters whispered, “Are they going to—?” 
Well, you know. For my money, they did.

*flatline*

astairical:

So, yesterday, my awesome friend sherlockandsherkey went to this restaurant called Sardi’s, which is near Broadway. Several famous people have been there, and their caricatures are on the wall, too. She found out that Fred and Ginger had been there in 1930, around the time of Ginger’s Broadway debut in Girl Crazy. Now, we all know that those two were romantically involved at that time, and my friend managed to talk to the son of the waiter who served them when they were there. The result? Complete adorableness.

Fred called first to make a reservation for two, but Ginger arrived there before him. He was running a bit late and came after her — thus starting all the romantic stuff. The waiter went over to the two of them — a little nervous, since he was new at the time. According to him, Fred barely paid him any attention. Most of the time, he was looking at Ginger, and most of the dinner was Fred complimenting her and telling her she looked pretty. In response, she looked back at him romantically.

The manager came over and introduced himself to the two of them. Guess what Ginger said? “Yes, I’m here with my friend, the old man,” referring to Fred, of course! So, the manager bought them dessert and drinks, and Fred and Ginger shared a chocolate mousse. And he booped her on the nose. When the waiter came back to check on them, Fred wasn’t in his seat — he was beside her. One arm around her, and the other, holding her hand. The waiter also said that Fred told her, “Be serious, what would stand between us?”

People were shocked to see them and started coming over. Fred was incredibly proud of Ginger, almost as if to say, “Yep, these are your fans!” They paid, leaving a huge tip, and when the waiter came back to collect the check, they were kissing. (Imagine that — with no Hays Code!) So they left, extremely happily, holding hands, and one of the waiters whispered, “Are they going to—?”

Well, you know. For my money, they did.

*flatline*

July 5, 2014

ohrobbybaby:

"And they do do it over. If they don’t like it…. I’d never ask them to do it."

The RKO Story, ep 02 - Let’s Face the Music and Dance [x]

THATS RIGHT GINGER DIDNT DO THAT

(via astairical)

June 27, 2014

Anonymous said: your post about the dance hold... sorry but that's actually a proper dance hold, nothing unusual or personal about that position of his hand :/ just normal ballroom dancing

astairical:

I’m not really that knowledgeable about ballroom dancing or any dancing in general, but I do remember reading that in ballroom dancing back then, the guy was literally supposed to place two fingers on the girl’s waist and that was it. I mean, I guess it’s commonplace nowadays (because everyone now is just a lot less prissy about touching), but back then, especially with the Hays Code, it must’ve been something. And there’s also this part in “Pick Yourself Up” where he is this close to Ginger:

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Like, okay, not knowledgeable about most dancing but they are so close to each other! (And if you or anyone else is wondering why she’s giving him that look, it’s not ‘cause he’s pulling her so close and she minds; it’s just that, in the context of the film, she didn’t know he could dance that well.)

And I guess another thing I was getting at was how Fred always breaks character in his dances with Ginger and only Ginger. Like, first off, their looks to each other:

And here:

This is where he starts breaking character, because look, Ginger’s being all cool about it, and he just can’t stop smiling ‘cause he’s with her:

Also, the way he helps her up from the backbend, like he thinks she’s the most wonderful creature in the world (and she is):

And can we just:

Fred just really can’t stop breaking character and he even has to bite his lip to stop himself from laughing:

And even Ginger starts to smile!

I’m sorry I just can’t help gushing about them at every chance!!!

Yes, many good points made here.

Of course it would be a pretty standard dance hold, they’re dancers. Some things are standard. It’s what they do with the standard that’s the point. That’s what made Fred so amazing; he took the standards and turned them completely upside down, and Ginger was capable of every single step alongside him.

See, the dances with Cyd Charisse and Barrie Chase and Eleanor Powell and Rita Hayworth are dances.

The dances with Ginger are love letters to her. Fred himself said it, that he made love by dancing. For the rest of the girls it was artistic and performance art, very clearly a dance. Fred stayed in character.

With Ginger, I think the opposite of what all the old critics say is true: they all extol the virtues of them staying so much in character, etc. But they don’t, and that’s the best part about the dfancing. The reason everybody believed them together was because of them breaking character during the dances. Yes, they maintained a certain emotional tone where necessary, but you can always see the Fred and Ginger underneath the Bake and Sherry or the Tony and Amanda. That’s why I love them and see so much love between them. You never saw Fred Astaire so honest in his life as he was on screen with Ginger, not ever again. And the freedom he felt with her you never see again. He never talks to any other of his girls when he’s dancing, but with Ginger there are things thrown in, faces and expressions, little things. During the Piccolino, he says, “You’re so sexy!” to her and she says “Thanks!” and Fred chose that take, since he had final approval. So he knew what he was doing. He put those things in there deliberately. 

You have to pay attention to their body language. The sexuality between them is very apparent and very natural, which doesn’t exist with any of his other partners. He doesn’t ever look so goofy in love ever again; moreover it was with Ginger that he learned to do that silly in love expression in the first place. It’s because he’s fresh off nine years with Ginger that he can look at Rita Hayworth so authentically.

I wondered why about 1940 was when the studio decided to break the two of them up and not reunite them for Ginger’s most beautiful years. The age gap between them narrowed at least physically, so for most of the years when Ginger could plausibly have played his wife and been on a more equal footing with him they were apart. I think that this was at least partially deliberate for a lot of reasons which I can’t articulate fully.

By the time they got to Barkleys both of them had passed that prime age (round about 30-40) so the implication is that they’re now an old married couple and the sex is routine now, and not new. No one’s being wooed, no one’s virginity is at stake (too much of that shit for Ginger and women in general, oh man), the question has been popped and answered years ago.

But oh my god what I would have given to see Freddie with brunette Ginger. He would have LOST HIS MIND. I wish they’d have gotten together between ‘41-‘46 at Ginger’s sexual and physical peak, but there are probably reasons why they didn’t.

In any case, there is my two dollars’ worth of opinion.

June 26, 2014

astairical:

In celebration of 1000 followers, I’ve decided to do one of these again! :D (In no particular order, since I love all the blogs that I follow!)

the baes (you are all my baes shh);

sadhbh, jess, mom, dad, bonnie, kristin, danielarenata, emily, also emily, jodieciana, claraemilieaisha, ariannajulykimkayla, meral, holly, signeflor, steph, ofelia, danny, sarah, sofiaemelie  hannah, anvitanorascharles, valentina, malia, emma, bruna, bekah, laura, kaye, sparkie/zoe.

a-c;

adefaultsmile, afeelingdeepinyoursoul, aint-that-a-kick, alwaysmarilynmonroe, always-fair-weather, askhepburn, astairewaytoheaven, astoundinggrant, avasgal, bettyjoanperskes, billieviper, blondell-gazette, carolynjonesxo, carygrantslover, ceebsandjules, cheekboners, cinemaocd, classic-hollywood, classicbluesy, classichollywoodlights, classickat, classicmoviegal

d-f;

deborahkerr, deborahkerrsdaughter, deneuveing, dinomartins, elvisgal, eraserheadsbaby, errolflynns, fuckyeahfredandginger

g-i;

g-peck, gershwinning, girlofcomplexities, gottatap, gregxrypeck, gretalovisa-gustafsson, grouchosmarx, gummgarland, gwtwforever, hepburnandhepburn, her-man-friday, hesgotthatcharm, howardkeel, i-dream-of-gene, ingrids-august-raininlovewithaudreyhepburn

j-l;

jeannecrains, jeangable, jerrys—deans, jimmycagney, joanfontaine, joaniedearest, johnbarrymores, johngarfields, jourdanlouis, kingclarkgable, kittypackards, laurabacall, lesliehowardforever, lorettasyoung

m-p;

matineemoustache, misselizabethtaylor, missmcgillicuddy, mistyinthebluebox, muppetmolly, myrnawilliams, nancydearest, obligeme, ohthatsloverly, oldhollywoodholla, owelles, pecksyandiknowit, pennycarrol, pointeful

q-s;

ralphsmotorbike, ravinmaven, robertaylors, robertsmontgomery, rogersandastaire, ronnieronette, ryl-e-coyote, salonicle, satindolls, scribbledigooks, scribblingnotebook, siochembio, st4nl3yb4ldwin, starshavelosttheirglitter, susanapplegate, swonderlous

t-v;

terryrandall, thebarsofhisplight, thecolgatecomedyhour, themarchlair, thevarshmallow, timelessclassicmovies, vinceveretts, vintagecanadienne, vivyleigh

w-z;

wheresmywanderingparakeet, wild-blooms, willywains, you-wonderful-you, youtakeromanceilltakejello

the blogs I admire from afar (and tbh I'm too scared to talk to b/c you are all so hella rad it makes me sad);

barbarastanwyck, bellecs, danefonda, de-es-ce-ha, frdirector, greenkneehighs, haroldlloyds, idlesuperstar, ingridsbergman, kevinskline, lars134, missavagardner, missmarlenedietrich, monocoleporter, myrnasloy, tea-with-theo, tinasinatra, tracylord, twostriptechnicolor, vintagestyledheart, vintagegal

Astairical is quality. Thank you my sweet dear. I am honored to be included.

June 25, 2014
WHY THE FUCK NOT

thefrontbuttons:

If you reblog this before July 1 2014, I will write your url down and stick it in a jar or whatever. Over the summer I will take the jar of urls and I will scatter them around. They may get taped to public loos, they may be thrown into crowds at festivals, or they may get put under napkins at restaurants.
Some one may find your url, and who knows, they could message you telling you where they found it.
You have until July 1 to reblog.

Fuck yeah, bring it on. Old Hollywood fans unite.

(via jeremybrettfan)

June 24, 2014

"Does she dance very beautifully?"
"Who?"
"The girl you’re in love with"
"Yes. Very."

(Source: darlinghepburn, via hairofgoldeyesofblue)

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