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4.6 out of 5 stars
Swing Time [DVD]
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on 7 March 2007
One of my favourites - the quintessential Astaire-Rodgers movie. If you don't "get" what is so great about Fred and Ginger, watch this. Astaire plays a professional dancer who turns up late for his wedding. The bride's father declares he can't marry his daughter until he earns $[...] Astaire heads for the city where he encounters Ginger Rodgers, they team up and become a successful dance partnership. Astaire inevitably falls in love with her and has to try to keep his earnings down to prevent his other marriage as well as keep his distance from Ginger! You can imagine the plot situations this creates. Songs premiered include such standards as "The way you look tonight" (given an ironic twist- watch and see) and "A fine romance" set in snowy wonderland, Ginger wondering why Fred is so cold. Their set piece at the end, "Never gonna dance" is so full of yearning and unfulfilled desire it's breathtaking. Ginger Rodgers is absolutely radiant throughout - there's no doubt she would be a star today as well. And Astaire just oozes charm. The film is very funny, with a very witty script and great comic support from Victor Moore and Helen Broderick who have their own off-beat romance. Top Comedy, top songs, top dance, top romance - top class!
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VINE VOICEon 4 December 2007
My favourite Astaire-Rogers outing. The dance sequences are just stupendous, through the sparkle of 'Pick Yourself Up', the stunning virtuosity of Astaire's solo Bojangles to the emotive 'Never Gonna Dance'. While Astaire has been recognised as one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, what makes the partnership so potent is that Ginger won't play second fiddle to anyone, and it's this equality between the two that's so seductive. Add in some superb Art Deco sets, musical numbers like 'The Way You Look Tonight' and a supporting cast including Victor Moore, Helen Broderick and Eric Blore, and how can you give it less than 5 stars?

Complaining about the plot in A&R films is a bit like moaning about the queues at Alton Towers - you just have to put up with them if you want to experience the thrill of the rides. But the charm of the leads, and their enthusiastic supports carries you along.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERon 17 February 2016
Swing Time is possibly the best of the Astaire-Rogers films. The usual paper-thin Hollywood plot is simply a supporting vehicle to allow us to enjoy the interplay and superb dancing of Astaire and Rogers, and the original versions of several standard songs, and of course it is always accompanied by a smile and a laugh.

The film is 4:3 B&W and has some slight hop and weave with occasional sparkles of dirt on the neg, but is otherwise very watchable.

The sound is only Mono but clear enough to not notice any buzz or muffledness, just a hint of rumble in the quiet passages, and good considering that it was originally optical.

This is an essential part of any musical film collection.
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on 16 June 2017
Excellent dance numbers, but a kind of cheesy plot and Astaire's acting is not his best attribute. Ginger Rodgers, I think is delightful and stands the test of time for me. Charming and graceful mainly because of the dancing and Ginger R. It's a pity that such DVDs are relatively expensive: this cost me £9.50 in total.
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on 17 April 2014
I bought this for my son and daughter (7 & 4) to see something classic - they like music and dance - but I forgot old movies have different values - lots of smoking and the theme features a lot of gambling - so I enjoyed it - the dancing is electric - but not quite what I had in mind for my kids !
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on 20 July 2017
Wonderful
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on 14 October 2015
This was a present and I believe it to be ok.
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on 23 June 2017
Fantastic film if you like classic dance films
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on 13 August 2017
Great quality and film
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on 1 May 2017
great dvd
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