Singing in the Rain
Funny Face (Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire)
Only now, while putting up the IMDB links did I find out these were by the same director, Stanley Donen. And, I just learned that he directed the movie musical version of The Little Prince that I recall from my childhood! I must put that on my Netflix list pronto.
And then a couple of movies I can remember adoring:
Smoke Signals and Moonrise Kingdom
And a movie I found gripping and human and complex:
And now today's entry, part of my "teensy bit of writing each day in December." I went dancing yesterday afternoon and...
He invited me to the floor, and I didn't know him, nor did I recognize his face as familiar in my years of moving through Argentine tango salons. I was barely aware until we began that the music would be the uptempo and energetic milonga. Had I known, I would have hesitated. It's a good thing the way he invited me felt reassuring, and with the first steps he removed the worries I have of dancing a milonga with a partner before I know how he dances the tango. Milonga is a tricky dance to make enjoyable. Most leaders have a less fluency in this dance, limited vocabulary of moves and even less the musicality of phrasing in their bodies, legs, feet. I could feel his thin frame moving, hear his breath in my ear. That's what I noticed first. When I write these things it makes it seem the tango is a very intimate dance, and while two human bodies are very close it is not about that at all to me. It is about the collaboration and improvisation: how two people can listen closely to the music and to each other while navigating through a crowded room.