The headlines are so depressing I’m shying away from processing everything enough to write about it. I’m hoping that a little Fred and Ginger will fortify me:
According to the headline, Dolce & Gabbana whose designers were convicted of tax evasion, confronted the issue head-on by dressing the models in their latest show in gold costumes festooned by giant coins:
Color me unimpressed. Back in 1933, Warner Brothers did it better, and it had Ginger Rogers singing “We’re in the money” in Pig Latin. Another nice touch is that the gals in the movie are smiling.
I was reading the news — none of it good — and desperately felt the need for a little joy and beauty. This number, from the 1936 movie Swing Time, beautifully brings together one of America’s great popular music composers (Jerome Kern) and two of the most elegant, exciting dancers who ever set tap to the floor (Fred & Ginger).
…and we deserve some beauty in our lives:
Because they weren’t top billed, many people forget that Fred & Ginger were together in 1933′s Flying Down to Rio, when Ginger was the bigger star. It’s a wonderfully fun movie, with beautiful location shots from Rio, gorgeous costumes, wild music and great dancing. Here’s Ginger in a great solo piece: