Swing Time

Swing Time

Criterion Collection Edition #979

In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers 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 laces their romance with humor 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.

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Swing Time
  • Swing Time

    Directed by George Stevens • 1936 • United States

    In this irresistible musical, the legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers 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 laces ...

Extras

  • SWING TIME Commentary

    Recorded in 1986, this commentary features John Mueller, author of Astaire Dancing: The Musical FIlms.

  • Ginger Rogers: 1980

    The following are excerpts from a 1980 audio interview with dancer and actor Ginger Rogers.

  • Ginger Rogers: 1982

    The following are excerpts from a 1982 video interview with dancer and actor Ginger Rogers.

  • In Full Swing

    The sixth in ther series of ten films that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together, SWING TIME features some of the duo's best choreography, along with Academy Award-winning music by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Dorothy Fields. In the following program, created in 2019, film and jazz cr...

  • George Stevens Jr.

    In the following interview, recorded in 2019, George Stevens Jr., founder of the American Film Institute and son of director George Stevens, discusses the evolution of his father's career.

  • Fred Astaire

    The following is a segment from an interview with actor, dancer, and choreographer Fred Astaire that was conducted by George Stevens Jr. in 1982.

  • Hermes Pan

    The following is a segment from an interview with SWING TIME choreographer Hermes Pan that was conducted by George Stevens Jr. in 1982.

  • Mia Mask

    In the following interview, recorded in New York in March 2019, film scholar Mia Mask discusses blackface and the "Bojangles of Harlem" number in SWING TIME.