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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ginger Rogers Film Series at the Shirlington Branch Library

From the Shirlington Branch Public Library...

Shirlington Celebrates Ginger Rogers

Why do we love Ginger Rogers? She did everything Fred Astaire did backwards... and in high heels!

Rogers, born July 16,  1911, would have turned 100 this year. Help us to celebrate her Centennial with a film series at the Shirlington Branch Library highlighting her illustrious career in dance and film, and her partnership with Fred Astaire:

Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Top Hat
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, Top Hat is one of the most memorable Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire Films. It is an elegant romantic comedy with a fine film score by Irving Berlin. Highlights include: “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.” Not Rated, 100 Min.

Sunday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. - Swing Time
Considered by many to be Rogers and Astaire’s best film together. Astaire plays a young gambler (with a fiancĂ©) who falls for Rogers, a dance instructor. Many highlights include: the Academy Award winning “The Way You Look Tonight” and the tap tribute “Bojangles of Harlem.” Not Rated, 140 Min.

Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. - The Barkley’s of Broadway

Rogers and Astaire reunite after 10 years at a new studio, MGM, for their final film together. They depict the dancing couple, Josh and Dinah Barkley. A warm, comfortable reunion that is their only film in color. Highlighting their performance to “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Not Rated, 109 Min.

Sunday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m. - Story of Vernon & Irene Castle

Synopsis: Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire lend their special panache to playing the renowned historical couple, Vernon and Irene Castle, trendsetters in dance and fashion for the years preceding World War I. The last RKO film by the Rogers and Astaire; the famous duo at their best! Not Rated, 93 Min.

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