In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaireand Ginger Rogers (Top Hat) are at the pinnacle of their art as a feckless gambler and the shrewd dancing instructor in whom he more than meets his match.
Director George Stevens (Woman of the Year) laces their romance with humour and clears the floor for the movie’s showstopping dance scenes, in which Astaire and Rogers take seemingly effortless flight in a virtuosic fusion of ballroom and tap styles. Buoyed by beloved songs by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern – including the Oscar-winning classic The Way You Look Tonight – Swing Time is an exuberant celebration of its stars’ chemistry, grace and sheer joy in the act of performance.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Audio commentary from 1986 featuring John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical Films
Archival interviews with performers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and choreographer Hermes Pan
New interview with George Stevens Jr.
In Full Swing, a new programme on the film’s choreography and soundtrack featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, dance critic Brian Seibert, and Dorothy Fields biographer Deborah Grace Winer
New interview with film scholar Mia Mask on the Bojangles of Harlem number