Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton
An undeniable classic, screwball musical comedy, Top Hat stars the legendary duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Glamorous and enthralling, a Depression-era diversion beautifully scored by Irving Berlin, it 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…
We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer cinemas a chance to screen a rare 35mm print of this seminal feel-good musical. 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, amplified by the iconic chemistry between Rogers and Astaire.
As this 35mm print is from the BFI National Archive, it cannot be cut and joined for screening on a tower or platter. It will therefore need to be screened reel-to-reel using twin 35mm projectors, and will need to be closely supervised throughout the screening by an experienced projectionist.