Saturday, December 31, 2011

December holding feathers


Posted by PicasaThe Grove in December,  contre jour.


In the convenience store in Grosvenor Road, the owner lays the telephone on the counter. It is emitting  continuous, nagging,  tinny sounds. "I am trying to sort something out," he says. "I'm holding on. They keep playing music. I hate it."

On the TV last night are Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers  in the "dancing cheek to cheek" episode of Top Hat and Tails -  that surpassing moment of movie elegance. Among the commentators in the documentary of which this clip is a part is Astaire's, daughter Ava. "It is not true," she says that Ginger Rogers and her Father quarrelled.  In fact they were always good friends. Though it is true that Astaire did lose his temper on the occasion of the "cheek to cheek" scene because the feathers came off her flowing, white dress. Though the dress filmed so well, following the couple's movements, the feathers flew into  the air and got into Astaire's eyes and nostrils. Of such detail is history made.

5 comments:

marja-leena said...

What a lovely sunny scene for December. And I enjoyed the Ginger and Fred story.

Happy New Year to you and Heidi!

The Crow said...

Happy new year to you and your loved ones, Plutarch.

I love the long shadows in your photo - my favorite time of day, when shadows are long and the light perfect.

Lorenzo da Ponte said...

"And the cares that hung around me through the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak.
When we're out together..."

Wouldn't have minded writing that one.

Rouchswalwe said...

Prost Neujahr to you both! All the best in 2012!

Plutarch said...

Thank you all. And a happy new year to every one.