Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 97: Fri Apr 7

Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935): BFI Southbank, NFT3 2.40pm, NFT1 6pm & NFT3 8.40pm

This classic is on an extended run at BFI Southbank. Full details here.

Time Out review:
The third Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie (not counting Flying Down to Rio) and one of the best, with a superlative Irving Berlin score (it includes 'No Strings', 'Isn't This a Lovely Day?', 'Top Hat, White Tie and Tails' and 'Cheek to Cheek'), and equally superlative Hermes Pan routines which spark a distinct sexual electricity between the pair. Oddly enough, the film is almost slavishly patterned on The Gay Divorcee, with the scene again shifting from London to a resort (Venice in this case), the plot again turning on mistaken identity, and the comedy again reliant on Horton, Blore and Rhodes. The reason you don't really notice this - with Top Hat readily springing to mind as the archetypal Fred'n'Ginger movie - is the booster given by Van Nest Polglase's stunning white Art Deco designs, which were to set the tone for the series.
Tom Milne

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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