Top Hat BFI Musicals Series

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This undeniable classic, screwball musical comedy, starring the legendary duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is the first of a series of Hollywood Musicals forming the ‘BFI Musicals Tour’ that we will be screening from October to January.

Glamorous and enthralling, a Depression-era diversion beautifully scored by Irving Berlin, this is the most successful and beloved picture of the prolific Rogers and Astaire partnership which saw them produce an astonishing nine musicals between 1933 and 1939. When American dancer Jerry (Astaire) comes to London to star in a show produced by bumbling Horace (Edward Everett Horton), he wakes up wealthy tourist Dale (Rogers) by tap dancing in his hotel bedroom.

She’s annoyed, but he’s instantly smitten, and proceeds to pursue her all over London, then to Venice – despite Dale’s reluctance, as she has mistaken him for the (married) Horace. Don’t miss your chance to hear its lavish songs (including the gorgeous ‘Cheek to Cheek’) and see its effortless, masterful dance sequences on the big screen.