I have been accused of having a short memory when it comes to the movies, and that my appreciation for the songs, and scenes 'we' love have occasionally been a little narrow in scope. But today I'm going to remedy that situation, because, one of my favorite movie songs of all time isn't from the 80's or the 90's. No, this time I'm going all the way back to 1935 and Irving Berlin's Cheek to Cheek from the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical screwball comedy, Top Hat.
Directed by Mark Sandrich, the comedy starred Astaire as an American dancer who travels to London to star in a stage show, and when he lands across the pond falls for Rogers after a meet-cute in their hotel. The film has all the trademarks of screwball romance, and after a case of mistaken identity, plenty of slamming doors, and mind-boggling footwork, the two lovers finally find one another. Top Hat was one of Astaire and Roger's biggest hits, and was the beginning of a life-long working relationship between Astaire and Irving Berlin. The song was first performed in the film and quickly became a standard of The Great American Songbook, and Astaire and Roger's dance to this romantic tune is one of their most beloved on-screen performances.
You don't need me to tell you why Astaire and Rogers have gone down in film history, but what made Berlin's song so remarkable is that just through the performance, it could truly be anything; sad, romantic, or even happy-go lucky. There are very few songs that I would describe as timeless (mainly because it's kind of a cheesy word), but there isn't another one that so perfectly describes Berlin's song about that feeling you get when you are in the arms of the one you love.
After the jump; "Dance with me, I want my arm about you"...