Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
Paul Di Filippo

The original Roller Boogie

Deborah and I watched SHALL WE DANCE the other night, the film from which the clip below comes.

I was reminded of the old feminist bumpersticker: "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels." The writer should have mentioned roller skates.

But of course, that soundbite, while catchy, was and remains utterly false. The vast majority of their dance routines featured them both facing the same way, and emulating or echoing each other's moves while oriented both toward the camera. And Ginger often wore flats or slight heels.

But of course, propaganda is inevitably distortion of truth.

In any case, enjoy this great clip. One online source claims this number took one-hundred-and-fifty takes to perfect!

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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