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TOP HAT (1935) - A History of the American Musical + Short Film

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"If you want only one Astaire-Rogers musical, Top Hat is obligatory.”- Empire Magazine

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…

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. In 1990, Top Hat was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and the film ranked number 15 on the 2006 American Film Institute's list of best musicals.

Starting October 2019, Deptford Cinema joins in the BFI's nationwide three-month celebration of the musical film genre with our own special and spectacular season! From the 'Golden Era' of fabulous foot-tapping ruled by the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers double act, right through to more provocative takes like Bob Fosse's Cabaret, lesser-seen milestones such as the all-black cast of Cabin in the Sky, and on to the 21st Century smashes like La La Land, we will pick you and sweep you right through nine decades of Hollywood's musical history in eight screenings! Expect short films and programme notes at all screenings, and even some special guest speakers!

  • dir. Mark Sandrich

  • year. 1935

  • 93 min

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 6.30PM

Film 7.00PM

This screening is part of BFI Musicals! nationwide season.

This screening is part of BFI Musicals! nationwide season.