Cape Fear (1962)
"When I am asked about influences, I always say I bow down to Fred Astaire, because when you look at him dancing you never look at his extremities, do you? You look at his centre. What you never see is the hours of hard work that went into the routines, you just see the breathtaking spirit and freedom.” — Alan Rickman
Dean Martin in “Ocean’s Eleven”, 1960.
Dr. Avedon said I could live to be a hundred years old. I intend to do it. For who would not wish to live a hundred years in a world where there are so many people who remember with gratitude and affection a little man with a frozen face who made them laugh a bit long years ago when they and I were both young? (My Wonderful World Of Slapstick)
”[…] Fred Astaire is all about sex, really - the kind women most dream of. He had a way of seeming as if he were trying to please his partner as much as himself, an intensely ardent and affectionate way of looking at her. He also was forceful and gentle at the same time; he dominated without being domineering about it and the result was unique […]” (x)
Their Own Desire (1929)
Rare color footage of Fred Astaire rehearsing ‘Slap That Bass’ on the set of Shall We Dance (1937)
Michael Caine, 1966
Audrey Hepburn and William Holden chat on the set of Sabrina, 1954.
and I feel sorry for you