Night And Day Astaire Analysis

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Astaire drew from a completely different motivation when performing and choreographing dances for films. His background included many varieties of dance, which allowed him to pursue more advanced partnership choreography as opposed to large-scale choreography sets. He also utilized dance and song numbers to expand the narrative as opposed to Berkeley who used the numbers as a suspension of the plot (Dodds, 6). Berkeley’s pieces are relevant to the plot but not exactly necessary; therefore, creations of this nature are called ”unitegrated musicals” meaning that the dance pieces are not unified with the plot (Mueller, 29). Fred Astaire began his journey to choreographing the integrated musical after performing 27 years in vaudeville with his…show more content…
The loss of his long time partner led him to discover new dancing partners on Broadway and Hollywood. When he starred in motion picture The Gay Divorcee he explained that just doing dance steps did not mean anything, it was the personality and character behind the routine that makes the routine memorable and entertaining (Mueller 30). After watching “Night and Day” from the film The Gay Divorcee I realize what Astaire means by embodying a personality and mood while he is dancing. If he were not connected emotionally with Ginger Rogers in that piece all his movements would have been stale and not representative of the major plot turn that is happening in this piece. Rogers is finally giving in to Astaire’s love for her and this change of heart by Rogers is shown directly through their movements together. Even though Astaire does sing at the beginning of the piece the development of their relationship is shown largely through their interaction together. This shows that Astaire created important choreography that was essential to the plot and in fact, at this point Astaire was embodying the idea of an integrated musical before the term had even been created (Mueller,

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