True Smooth Criminal, Fred Astair, and Cyd Charisse
Old friends and old wine are best.” Proverb from while ago.
“Stop dubbing great old film with something of less value”
While ago when I stated that somethings are better left alone, I meant it.(here)
I saw a video clip titled “—-criminal” with names like Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson, Cyd Charisse.
Wow how do you make them all dance together? I thought. Turned out someone took film scene from the film “Band wagon” of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse’ dancing, and added MJ’s song. THIS DUBBED VERSION WAS –SORRY—- IT WAS BAD. So I had to look for a dance clip with the original music, and — boy, it is fantastic piece of dancing and music. So here it is.
In her autobiography, Charisse reflected on her experience with Astaire and Kelly:
“As one of the handful of girls who worked with both of those dance geniuses, I think I can give an honest comparison. In my opinion, Kelly is the more inventive choreographer of the two. Astaire, with Hermes Pan’s help, creates fabulous numbers — for himself and his partner. But Kelly can create an entire number for somebody else … I think, however, that Astaire’s coordination is better than Kelly’s … his sense of rhythm is uncanny. Kelly, on the other hand, is the stronger of the two. When he lifts you, he lifts you! … To sum it up, I’d say they were the two greatest dancing personalities who were ever on screen. But it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They’re both delicious.” (from Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin, and Dick Kleiner (1976). The Two of Us.)
Charisse was such a dedicated actress, and dancer. She started as young ballerina, and after MGM, continued her acting in film and television, and debuted in Broadway in 1992.
Some interesting facts about Cyd Charisse:
- Unlike many top female dancers in the era of movie musicals, she was trained as a ballerina in the Russian tradition.
- In 1952 she had a $5-million insurance policy accepted on her legs.
- Said her husband could tell who she had been dancing with that day on an MGM set. If she came home covered with bruises on her, it was the very physically-demanding Gene Kelly, if not it was the smooth and agile Fred Astaire
Here is another beautiful classic dance —- by Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly.
More about Cyd Charisse here
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