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Cyd Charisse left ‘black and blue’ by Gene Kelly who was ‘rougher than Fred Astaire’ | Films | Entertainment

Cyd Charisse returns to the nation’s screens in ‘The Band Wagon’, which airs on BBC Two this afternoon. This basic backstage musical, launched in 1952, options Charisse in among the finest performances of her career. The American dancer — who had ‘million-dollar legs’ — performs ballerina Gabrielle Gerard, who is drafted in for a floundering Broadway manufacturing. Charisse shares the display with fellow Hollywood legend Fred Astaire, whose character Tony Hunter struggles to maintain up with the trendy musical he’s presupposed to be main.

One of the highlights of Vincente Minnelli’s movie is Charisse and Astaire partnering up for the ‘Dancing in the Dark’ sequence.

Set towards town skyline at night time, the long-lasting scene was Gene Kelly’s personal favorite Astaire quantity.

Charisse danced with Astaire and Kelly throughout her lengthy career, performing with each males in a string of basic movies.

However, the latter had a extra forceful method along with his companions, in line with The Week’s obituary of Charisse.

It learn: “Charisse performed memorably with both Kelly and Astaire again, in Brigadoon (1954) and Silk Stockings (1957), respectively.

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“Kelly, she found, was rougher than Astaire. ‘If I was black and blue, it was Gene. And if it was Fred, I didn’t have a scratch’.”

Despite the 2 males’s differing types, Charisse was complementary about each of her dancing companions.

She as soon as stated: “To sum it up, I’d say they were the two greatest dancing personalities who were ever on screen.

“But it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They’re both delicious.”

Charisse was stated to have caught the attention of each males along with her efficiency in ‘Ziegfeld Follies’.

The producers additionally added peak to Astaire’s footwear to present him a couple of further inches, in line with Dietz.

He was quoted in Peter Evans’ biography of Charisse in 2008 as saying: “Cyd was several inches taller than Fred.

“Her long legs made her look streamlined like the Chrysler Building – Fred was more General Motors.

“The discrepancy was a problem, but the producers wanted Cyd and built up Fred’s ego – and his heels.”

But regardless of the peak variations, Charisse, along with her lengthy legs and darkish black hair, nonetheless caught the attention of Astaire.

In his 1959 autobiography, ‘Steps in Time’, he described his dancing associate as “beautiful dynamite”.

‘The Band Wagon’ airs on BBC Two from 12:30pm at the moment.

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