"When I am asked about influences, I always say I bow down to Fred Astaire, because when you look at him dancing you never look at his extremities, do you? You look at his centre. What you never see is the hours of hard work that went into the routines, you just see the breathtaking spirit and freedom.” — Alan Rickman
Vladislav Lantratov and Diana Vishneva being adorable in Bolshoi’s Lost Illusions
THEY’RE BOTH SO CUTE IN THIS UGH
Damon Salvatore + cutie patootie baby (part 2)
David Niven reads a note from Ginger Rogers at the American Film Institute (AFI) tribute to Fred Astaire. (1981)
Pretty sure they hated each other though
really?? if they hated each other, why did fred say this?
“Of course, [Ginger Rogers] was able to accomplish sex through dance. We told more through our movements instead of the big clinch. We did it all in the dance.”
oh and also
"Ginger was brilliantly effective. She made everything work for her. Actually, she made things very fine for the both of us and she deserves most of the credit for our success."
most of the credit for our success
now tell me, would he have said that if he hated her?
and ginger said this
"I loved Fred so, and I mean that in the nicest, warmest way: I had such affection for him artistically. I think that experience with Fred was a divine blessing. It blessed me, I know, and I don’t think blessings are one sided."
she also dispelled rumors of them hating each other:
“That’s pure bunk. I adored Fred. We were good friends. Our only problem is that we never aspired to be any kind of a team. We didn’t want to be Abbott and Costello. We thought of ourselves as individuals. We didn’t intend to be another Frick and Frack. [smiling, after a pause] But it happened anyway, didn’t it? And I’ll be forever grateful it did.”
“I adore the man. I always have adored him. It was the most fortunate thing that ever happened to me, being teamed with Fred: he was everything a little starry-eyed girl from a small town ever dreamed of.”
now tell me
"love always" in the note above