aka The Frazzled Mom
I don’t often pick the word “glorious“. It’s one of those that should be used sparingly, in my opinion. If it’s in someone’s everyday vocabulary, I might misinterpret it as sarcasm or exaggeration. That said, what do you find glorious?
The definition is: having, worthy of, or bringing fame or admiration. Having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.
With that definition, Fred Astaire definitely fits the bill in the area of dance. When my mother would take me to Blockbuster (a video rental place…no longer a thing), I’d have free reign over two specific aisles. I couldn’t go anywhere else in the store, but in those two areas, I could pick whatever movies I wanted. There were two reasons for this:
Because of that limitation, it really exposed me to a lot of great films. Most of them were musicals. And most of those musicals starred Fred Astaire. Sure, I’d pick out one with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Frank Sinatra, and so on. But my favorite was always Astaire. There was something about the grace and fluidity of his movements. He made dancing look so effortless, yet challenging. For me, he was a glorious dancer.
The Ceiling Dance
Hat Stand Dance
I could post all of his dances, but I’ll spare you. 🙂
Nerd Fest UK on YouTube put together this compilation of dance clips to the song, Uptown Funk. While Fred Astaire pops up multiple times, there are two things I find impressive about this video: 1) The timing and 2) Variety and quality of the clips. I’m grateful there are places working to maintain or restore these gems.
How many generations are unaware? There have been so many great films over the last century. I haven’t even seen every single one of them and yet I know I’m missing out on some greats. It’s easy to convince my kids how awesome Tarantula, Fantastic Voyage, Forbidden Planet or It Came From Beneath the Sea is, but musicals or other old black and whites? Not so easy. My hope is that by opening their eyes to the cool monster movies, as well as some Hitchcock, they’ll find themselves inexplicable drawn to discover others on their own.