Wednesday, December 29, 2010

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

Today's two items could not have less to do with each other, but they're both interesting in their own ways.

This version of "The Twelve Days" is translated into American Sign Language. I've been trying to teach myself ASL for quite some time now, and I've heard that translating songs is one of the best and easiest ways to learn.

Today's second feature is a song and dance from "Yolanda and the Thief". Probably Fred Astaire's biggest flop, it was originally intended as a fame vehicle for Fred's costar (and then lover) Lucille Bremer. It had the opposite effect, however, and Astaire retired after making only one more film. Despite being an overall flop, "Yolanda" does have its moments - this number being one of them. Though Astaire took a backseat to choreographer Eugene Loring, he did insist for this number that they do something he'd never done before. Supposedly Astaire made the production team sit through every one of his movies taking copious notes in order to find something fresh for Astaire and Bremer. What did they come up with? It's an almost indistinguishable element of the song, but if you watch for the subtitles everything will be clear:

Nostalgically Yours
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