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Sky S the Limit [1943] [Edizione: Germania]

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Fred Astaire partners a 17-year-old Joan Leslie in the WWII film. The Sky's the Limit is a charming, enjoyable wartime picture from his post Ginger Rogers period. Astaire plays a decorated fighter pilot who's taking some incognito R & R, but his laissez-faire guise ends up infuriating the young lady he's attracted to (Joan Leslie, a year removed from playing James Cagney's wife in Yankee Doodle Dandy). Leslie was perhaps Astaire's most appealing partner after Ginger Rogers. Astaire and Leslie strike sparks in their various dance routines which will surprise and delight Astaire fans. The choreography is done by Astaire himself and demonstrates a progressive streak that predates and prophesises the Modern Jazz dance of the 1950's a la Marge and Gower Champion, in which the dancing is darker and more internal. This is a special film that encompasses the talent of this great showman and demonstrates Astaires contribution to the dance of cinema. --Questo testo si riferisce a un'edizione fuori stampa o non disponibile di questo titolo.

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1 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Fred's Great Film Noir And The First Film That Shows Him Convincingly In Love! 4 ottobre 2014
Di Wilbourg - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
This is not your typical Astaire musical. In it Fred plays a serious Flying Tiger hero about to transfer to the US Navy during WWII. The core idea is that pilots are on a string, a string of mortality, they can get it at any time, and Fred knows this and only wants one last fling at love before his number might be called.

Along the way he meets the fabulous Joan Leslie and, well, falls in love for real.

The movie showcases their love from the awkward "meet cute" (Roger Ebert) to the powerful and quite delicious, mysterious, and surprising ending that is the ending to end all Astaire films.

The music is sublime, led by Johnny Mercer (lyrics) and Harold Arlen (music). The dance sequences are thrilling, tied to the plot in ways that many musical numbers in other musical films are not.

The grim overcast of the war is everywhere and the lovers live under the threat of death and lonliness.

What a movie!

This was the last of the youthful Leslie's great pairings.

She began being the child bride of Gary Cooper in "Sgt. York. Then she was Bogey's first love interest in "High Sierra." She gloriously played Cagney's wife in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Finally aged eighteen!) and ended her awesome streak playing Fred's lover (at 19-20!) in "The Sky's The Limit."

After that she made some uninteresting films, got married and moved on with her life.

Such is Hollywood!

At any rate the knockout songs include "Shining Hour," "I Got A Lot In Common," and the astounding "One For My Baby" where the master does the greatest solo dance ever recorded on the screen.

"The Sky's The Limit" is one of those masterpieces that, like "Chimes At Midnight," and "Ride the High Country," get passed over by the masses. But do not be fooled: this is great Astaire. One of his very best. Its romance is real and powerful and its ending is all the way mysterious and epic.

This is the darkest Astaire and one of his very best, if not the best.

"The Sky's The Limit" is towering.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Rare Astaire Film with Fond Memories 7 agosto 2012
Di Decider2 - Pubblicato su
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I had the opportunity to watch this film on the big screen many decades after its release (mid 1990s?)at the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto California (the theater restored in all its Art Deco glory). Joan Leslie, Astaire's costar, was present with her family and the theater did it right; Leslie was driven up in a vintage Packard limosine, with clieg lights waving across the sky. At the start of the film Leslie spoke about her making of the film (she was 17, and Astaire was in his mid fourties), and how, because she was so young at the time and had a very tight schedule between school, making movies, etc, that she had never seen the Hollywood premier. She was incredibly gracious and articulate and it was fun seeing her children and husband watch their mother/wife treated like Hollywood royalty for the first time in their lives. The memory has stayed with me and given the film a special place in my heart and in my movie collection.

The film centers on Astaire, a Flying Tigers pilot home on leave from China before the US entry into WW II, posing as a diletante and Leslie (working for an aircraft manufacturer) trying to "rehabilitate" this intriguing man she just met, all while they are romancing and falling in love. It's a fun B&W movie getting America ready for war and another Astaire "everyman" role with lots of story telling through song and dance. The movie provided a nostalgic trip down memory lane and is highly recommended!
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4.0 su 5 stelle On demand prints have low quality and no chapter menu 7 gennaio 2013
Di Joseph - Pubblicato su
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
To save stocking fees (I guess) Amazon prints some of these (more obscure) DVDs after an order is placed. This is great because it makes the DVD accessible. However, the print quality is just acceptable and there are no special features included. More importantly and frustrating about the print "on demand" DVDs is that they do not include a chapter menu where one can go directly to a specific scene if necessary.
4.0 su 5 stelle Fred the MYSTERY MAN 18 febbraio 2014
Di Stephen E. Lightell - Pubblicato su
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Fred this time is in the service and has 10 days off before going back. Only he dons his uniform for normal clothes and doesn't want anyone to know he is in the service with "the Flying Tigers" He meets Joan Leslie , but seems to be a mystery about who is is. She tries to help him find work and gets upset as he turns down each offer. He help her to connect with her boss, who loves her.
She is a photographer talking photos of famous people, but wishes to travel. The Mystery is solved as she finds the Flying Tigers
with a promise to return. Not too much danceing in this film like other Fred Astaire films but still enjoyable
5.0 su 5 stelle "The Sky's the Limit" - Warner Brothers Archive Collection 1 gennaio 2014
Di Judith Kay McGee - Pubblicato su
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An intriguing little film, well acted by Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie and Robert Benchley with a Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer score. Well worth adding to one's collection. As written by others, there are no special features, narration nor translation associated with the Warner Brothers Archive Collection copy, and one cannot skip between chapters of the film.

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