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A Dance with Fred Astaire

Author : Jonas Mekas
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 464 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2017-10-03
Category : Collectibles
ISBN : 1944860096

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A Dance with Fred Astaire by Jonas Mekas Pdf

A Dance with Fred Astaire covers the 94 years Mekas has spent weaving himself inextricably into the fabric of postwar culture, featuring a dizzying cast of cultural icons both underground and mainstream.

Starring Fred Astaire

Author : Stanley Green,Burt Goldblatt
Publisher : New York : Dodd, Mead
Page : 516 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 1973
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : STANFORD:36105035406292

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Starring Fred Astaire by Stanley Green,Burt Goldblatt Pdf

Hermes Pan

Author : John Franceschina
Publisher : OUP USA
Page : 317 pages
File Size : 55,8 Mb
Release : 2012-06-12
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780199754298

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Hermes Pan by John Franceschina Pdf

Armed with an eighth-grade education, an inexhaustible imagination, and an innate talent for dancing, Hermes Pan (1909-1990) was a boy from Tennessee who became the most prolific, popular, and memorable choreographer of the glory days of the Hollywood musical. While he may be most well-known for the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals which he choreographed at RKO film studios, he also created dances at Twentieth Century-Fox, M-G-M, Paramount, and later for television, winning both the Oscar and the Emmy for best choreography.In Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire, Pan emerges as a man in full, an artist inseparable from his works. He was a choreographer deeply interested in his dancers' personalities, and his dances became his way of embracing and understanding the outside world. Though his time in a Trappist monastery proved to him that he was more suited to choreography than to life as a monk, Pan remained a deeply devout Roman Catholic throughout his creative life, a person firmly convinced of the powers of prayer. While he was rarely to be seen without several beautiful women at his side, it was no secret that Pan was homosexual and even had a life partner. As Pan worked at the nexus of the cinema industry's creative circles during the golden age of the film musical, this book traces not only Pan's personal life but also the history of the Hollywood musical itself. It is a study of Pan, who emerges here as a benevolent perfectionist, and equally of the stars, composers, and directors with whom he worked, from Astaire and Rogers to Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Bob Fosse, George Gershwin, Samuel Goldwyn, and countless other luminaries of American popular entertainment.Author John Franceschina bases his telling of Pan's life on extensive first-hand research into Pan's unpublished correspondence and his own interviews. Pan enjoyed one of the most illustrious careers of any Hollywood dance director, and because his work also spanned across Broadway and television, this book will appeal to readers interested in musical theater history, dance history, and film.

The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Book

Author : Arlene Croce
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 191 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2010
Category : Dance in motion pictures, television, etc
ISBN : 1934849324

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The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Book by Arlene Croce Pdf

The Astaires

Author : Kathleen Riley
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 266 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2012-03-01
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780199913077

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The Astaires by Kathleen Riley Pdf

This is the first book about the theatre career of Fred and Adele Astaire, detailing their years in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in London, their impact culturally, and the essence of their partnership on and off the stage.

The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Murder Case

Author : George Baxt
Publisher : St Martins Press
Page : 200 pages
File Size : 55,7 Mb
Release : 1997
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 0312151292

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The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Murder Case by George Baxt Pdf

In Hollywood in 1953, dancing legends Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers prepare to dance with Russia's Baronovitch Ballet, but the two have trouble concentrating on the show while investigating a murder


Author : Roxane Orgill
Publisher : Candlewick Press
Page : 43 pages
File Size : 51,5 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9780763621216

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Footwork by Roxane Orgill Pdf

Capturing the grace and beauty of the two biggest names in dance history, this fascinating glimpse into the lives of siblings Fred and Adele Astaire traces their extraordinary journey to success on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Music Makes Me

Author : Todd Decker
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 391 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2011-06-24
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780520950061

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Music Makes Me by Todd Decker Pdf

Fred Astaire: one of the great jazz artists of the twentieth century? Astaire is best known for his brilliant dancing in the movie musicals of the 1930s, but in Music Makes Me, Todd Decker argues that Astaire’s work as a dancer and choreographer —particularly in the realm of tap dancing—made a significant contribution to the art of jazz. Decker examines the full range of Astaire’s work in filmed and recorded media, from a 1926 recording with George Gershwin to his 1970 blues stylings on television, and analyzes Astaire’s creative relationships with the greats, including George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. He also highlights Astaire’s collaborations with African American musicians and his work with lesser known professionals—arrangers, musicians, dance directors, and performers.

Puttin' On the Ritz

Author : Peter Levinson
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page : 496 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2015-07-28
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781250091499

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Puttin' On the Ritz by Peter Levinson Pdf

Fred Astaire defined elegance on the dance floor. With white tie, tails and a succession of elegant partners - Ginger Rogers, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland and others - he created an indelible image of the Anglo bon vivant. His origins, though, were far more humble: Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Fred Astaire came from Midwestern stock that partially had its origin in the late nineteenth century Jewish communities of Austria. At first, he played second fiddle in vaudeville to his sister, Adele; however, once he learned how to tap and bought his first Brooks Brothers suit, the game changed. How did he transform himself from a small town Nebraska boy into the most sophisticated man ever to dance across a dance floor? In this comprehensive new book about the life and artistry of Fred Astaire, Peter Levinson looks carefully at the entirety of Astaire's career from vaudeville to Broadway to Hollywood to television. He explores Astaire's relationships with his vivacious dance partners, his friendship with songwriters like George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and his relationship with choreographers like Hermes Pan to discover how Astaire, in effect, created his elegant persona. Astaire put his mark on the Hollywood musical, starting his career at RKO and then moving to MGM. From his long list of films, certain classics like "Swing Time", "Top Hat", "Royal Wedding" and "The Bandwagon" revolutionized the presentation of dance on film; but, he also revolutionized the television variety special with the Emmy-Award-Winning "An Evening With Fred Astaire". For 'Puttin' on the Ritz", veteran Hollywood insider, Peter Levinson interviewed over two hundred people who worked closely with Astaire such as Debbie Reynolds, Dick Van Dyke, Artie Shaw, Bobby Short, Oscar Peterson, Mel Ferrer, Betty Garrett, Joel Grey, Arlene Dahl, Michael Kidd, Betty Comden, Onna White, Margaret Whiting, Andy Williams, and others like Quincy Jones, John Travolta, and John Williams, to provide an intimate window on to his professional as well as his personal life. His new biography of Astaire is a celebration of the great era of sophistication on Broadway and in Hollywood as seen through the life of a man who learned how to put on the Ritz and become America's premiere song-and-dance-man: Fred Astaire.

Fred Astaire

Author : Joseph Epstein
Publisher : Yale University Press
Page : 217 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2012-05-29
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780300173529

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Fred Astaire by Joseph Epstein Pdf

Joseph Epstein’s Fred Astaire investigates the great dancer’s magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, paradoxically, of democratic aristocracy.Tracing Astaire’s life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, the book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a singer (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern all delighted in composing for Astaire), and his many movie dance partners, among them Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Betty Hutton. A key chapter of the book is devoted to Astaire’s somewhat unwilling partnership with Ginger Rogers, the woman with whom he danced most dazzlingly. What emerges from these pages is a fascinating view of an American era, seen through the accomplishments of Fred Astaire, an unassuming but uncompromising performer who transformed entertainment into art and gave America a new yet enduring standard for style.

Steps in Time

Author : Fred Astaire
Publisher : Cooper Square Publishers
Page : 376 pages
File Size : 46,8 Mb
Release : 2000
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : UOM:39015048372992

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Steps in Time by Fred Astaire Pdf

Fred Astaire allows us to see through the effortless balletic exuberance.

Astaire Dancing

Author : John E. Mueller
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 456 pages
File Size : 42,7 Mb
Release : 1986
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : STANFORD:36105040137312

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Astaire Dancing by John E. Mueller Pdf

Fred Astaire Dance Book

Author : L. K. Engel
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 1986-01
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0849033055

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Fred Astaire Dance Book by L. K. Engel Pdf

The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book

Author : Arlene Croce
Publisher : New York : Vintage Books
Page : 204 pages
File Size : 45,9 Mb
Release : 1977
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : STANFORD:36105007514107

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The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book by Arlene Croce Pdf

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Author : Charles River Charles River Editors
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Page : 114 pages
File Size : 47,9 Mb
Release : 2017-12-19
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 1981859853

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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers by Charles River Charles River Editors Pdf

*Includes pictures of Astaire, Rogers, and other important people and scenes. *Includes their quotes about each other. *Includes a bibliography for further reading. Virtually all famous actors are regaled by the public, but even still, Fred Astaire occupies a privileged position in American pop culture. The specific films in which Astaire acted may not be especially famous in their own right - most people likely cannot recall the title of Top Hat (1935), his most decorated film - but Astaire's dancing prowess invariably creates a lasting impact on viewers. Instead of tying his fame to a single film, Astaire's genius lay in constructing his star persona around a specific set of iconographic imagery that has become embedded within American culture. Across his films, the recurring iconic images of the top hat, cane, and coat tails, as well as the image of Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers, all constitute a timeless symbol for elegance that continues to captivate viewers who are unfamiliar with the plots of his films. There have been other film musical actors who were proficient dancers, Gene Kelly chief among them, but none were able to perform with the seamless elegance of Astaire, and none have been remembered nearly as well. Astaire's dancing numbers epitomized grace and gaiety, making it seem as though he was carefree, but this was hardly the case. While it is easy to imagine Astaire being raised in an aristocratic family, his working-class background was so blue collar that his family eventually relied on him and his sister as the primary breadwinners in the family. Rather than being born and raised with wealth in a large city, Astaire came from a working-class neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska, a setting so antithetical to the world of dance that it quickly became clear that the family would need to relocate. If anything, Astaire's unglamorous origins further demonstrate that the magisterial dancing and the effortlessly elegant image accompanying it were products of Astaire's tireless work ethic and insistence on perfection. Considering the immense success of their films together, it is entirely understandable that Astaire and Rogers are joined at the hip in the eyes of the public. However, an appreciation for the Fred and Ginger musicals is only enhanced by knowledge of the personal backgrounds of the two stars. After all, the fact remains that Astaire and Rogers came from vastly different cultural backgrounds, and at the time that they met, their careers had unfolded in dissimilar ways. Astaire was a national celebrity for his skills as a stage performer (mainly with his sister Adele), while Rogers was raised in a more archetypal Midwestern setting and her professional success was reached entirely through cinema. While Astaire made a name for himself through his dancing, Rogers was more recognized for her singing talents. Clearly, it is still possible to discern fundamental differences between their professional talents, contrasts that would become more distinguishable once they ceased making films together. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: The Story of Hollywood's Most Famous Dancers profiles the lives and careers of both stars, as well as a comprehensive analysis of their movies together. Along with a bibliography and pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Fred and Ginger like you never have before.