European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 31 1967, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - October 31, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseAt 68, he s roofing again by Vernon Scott up staff writer his body still spare and Graceful at 88, Fred Astaire a Spring in his step walked out of camera Rangoon the broiling Warner Bros Back lot to await the next scene. He was dressed in the ragtag Ward Robe of the Irish immigrant for his role in finian s it s been almost a decade since Astaire danced in a movie silk Stock Ings but one of the world s great hoofers is Back at it again and delighted with the Prospect. The grading hairline has receded the pointed Chin More prominent than be fore but the Youthful sparkle in his eyes denies the years indeed the half Century he has been dancing. Fred is shy and introverted and Dis likes interviews because he does t like to talk about himself. But his work i something else again. He enjoys discuss ing the business and Art of the dance. His blonde and Beautiful daughter Ava not Long out of her teens was visiting the set. Astaire put his Arm around her fondly and sighed. Plainly he d rather sit and visit with her than answer questions. I Haven t had much time to myself since the picture began Astaire said. But it s always been that Way withe on movies or for a television Spe Cial. There has to be a single minded Ness of purpose1. I have to focus in Fred Astaire s feet still Fly in this Case with Barbara Hancock. Astaire has turned in his or re tie and tails for finian s directly on what i m doing or it s no Good. That Way i never find myself in scene wondering what i m doing. The trick is to know the script and characters Well that i act and react instinctive so Astaire is never pleased with his performances. I rarely feel that anything i do Osgood enough. When i be seen the finished product. I m dissatisfied knowing it might have been he film version of the Long time Roadway hit requires four major dance numbers for Astaire which he has choreographed with Hermes pan. As usual most of the original Steps Are Astaire s. There is a lot of Here to thei e danc ing he explained. Little and lib Steps from one place to another in a i wait until we re actually rolling before i do things i think finian would do rather than Astaire dance Astaire is relieved that he has no Long involved numbers with a partner. In his pictures of the 30s and 40s with Ginger Rogers Cyd Charisse and a half dozen others it was necessary to spend weeks in rehearsal. Each step had to be timed Over Andover again. And some Days you feel More inspired than others. Solo dancing is much Astaire removed his Straw hat to Mophis brow. Although he never saw Fini an s Rainbow in the theater he makes perfect finian. His stubble of Beard and Light hearted attitude Are a far cry from the clean shaven White tie and tails roles replayed for so Many years. And he could t be happier about it. Those Happy go Lucky Playboy roles Are far behind me he said with what appeared Relief. It was time to return to work an with the nimble step of a Man half his years Fred returned to the scene an immediately fell into the character of finian. If there is a Rainbow in the picture you May be sure or. Astaire will pro vide it. October 31, 1967 the stars and stripes

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