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Fred Astaire Cuts Loose: 1970 Oscars

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Fred Astaire and Bob Hope present the Academy Awards for Documentary Feature to Bernard Chevry for Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life, and for Documentary Short Subject to Denis Sanders and Robert M. Fresco for Czechoslovakia 1968 at the 42nd Academy Awards. Orchestra conducted by Elmer Bernstein.
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Bucky Brown (2 days ago)
I worked with Fred many moons ago. A great talent(of course)and a nice man. Taught me a lot(but I still can't dance). A true legend. Wanna see me? Here I am - www.imdb.com/name/nm2827073
Colt James (2 days ago)
I realize he was the great Fred Astaire, a master of his time, but my Uncle Roy did this exact same routine last Thanksgiving trying to go from the living room to the bathroom after drinking half a case of beer.
Kanisto (4 days ago)
Pretty sad dude
Fionna Adeline (5 days ago)
barry hambly (6 days ago)
Just the best nobody was as good as Fred he just had the gift of that body shape and could move better than anyone full stop
Aswad * (6 days ago)
Fred Astaire+Gene Kelly+James Brown+ Sammy Davis Jr.= Michael Jackson= Prince= Janet Jackson= Paula Abdul= Beyonce=Bruno Mars. REMEMBER YOUR HISTORY CHILDREN!!
Will Santiago (6 days ago)
he's amazing:)
Eduardo77 (6 days ago)
When celebrities had class and weren’t a bunch of mindless leftist assholes.
Laura Brauer (6 days ago)
Couldn't dance anymore, my ass.
Truthfears Guilty (6 days ago)
chicken's pubic bone, fred astaire had lost it after mid 1940's. thank you very much.
mwdhank (7 days ago)
saw https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjJpq68lsveAhWvct8KHckVAY8QFjAAegQIChAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FJack_Nicholson&usg=AOvVaw2dVBhNt-fgBXnQHkw7SzU9
Itsonly Me (8 days ago)
Very good, he was even better when with Ginger!
Vic Namegogan (8 days ago)
All people live FOREVER but your choice as to( WHERE ) HELL OR (HEAVEN) as GOD is real and DOES & LOVE YOU AS HIS CHILD. He knew you & formed you in the WOMB. Do you love him? Than read his Gospel & do his WILL NOT YOURS. This God promises you in 1 Corinthians vs 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. THE WORD FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM
Vic Namegogan (8 days ago)
2 Timothy 2 vs 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Vic Namegogan (8 days ago)
Read Deuteronomy chapter 4 vs 28 thru 30 as to how to love him! ALso Romans 10 vs 17 So than faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God
Vic Namegogan (8 days ago)
He knew you & formed you in the Womb ? Read Isaiah chapter 44 vs 2
James Benton Ticer (8 days ago)
Im 34, if i tried to do that i'd kill myself.
Jerry D'Arezzo (9 days ago)
James Aria (9 days ago)
Sir you were born to dance.And that should of been a standing ovation.
Swakara1 (9 days ago)
This is what I call swagger!
A-dutch-Z (9 days ago)
Hollywood was class back then.
Linda Hobby (10 days ago)
Those were the days!!!
MOONSHINING (11 days ago)
who's here because of usher's masterclass.com ??
Donna Hanson (11 days ago)
He was the best there ever was.
Patricia Dault (11 days ago)
Such class...now its vulgar and trash!....men had class women dressed with class....but this man was unbelievable! ....RIP
jennifer86010 (11 days ago)
5:06 This ridiculous audience should have been on their feet applauding Astaire. At age 71, he is phenomenal, and for the audience, well, let's see how many of these stars even make it to 71, let alone be able to walk or run, let alone dance like that??? Astaire proves that a true artist can overcome age, physical limitations and even gravity, because true talent is a flame that burns deeply in the soul.
Minda Kahn (11 days ago)
Forever cool.
Lisa Coto (12 days ago)
I really enjoed that. Back when people wore clothes to the Academy Awards and had talent.
Shaheed Petersen (13 days ago)
absolutley amazing. almost animated at 71. true legend.
Scoot Gord (13 days ago)
When your dad has a few to many at a wedding
JOE CANAD (13 days ago)
Wow.. there's a wakup for millenials... Let's see any 17-27 yr old do that kind of movement who isn't in Juliard :-)... No Slurpee SJW's in this crows...
Dennis Szabo (14 days ago)
And that, ladies and gents.... Is what you call CLASS!"...
uknow who (14 days ago)
Impressive indeed.
Mongo L (14 days ago)
3:30 Jezem H Crow he 's stil got it
Eavy Muturuh (14 days ago)
Free styling Fred
Eavy Muturuh (14 days ago)
Go Fred get it get it
charlielondon72 (14 days ago)
Ruth Owen (14 days ago)
The ease, the grace, the rhythm, the sheer style of the man! Get up off your feet audience - a genius just danced for you!
Marie (15 days ago)
Fabulous ♥
Hal09i (15 days ago)
Get off your asses and on your feet-- for God's sake! Fred Astaire just danced for you...
Rob (15 days ago)
71 yrs old - Holy Cow that’s amazing - 👏
Bob Armot (16 days ago)
В 71 год этак плясать !! БРАВО, ТЭД АСТОР!!
Reginald Johnson (16 days ago)
I love Fred Astaire movies this man was a great dancer and smooth with the ladies.
Tracee Lewis-Alexander (16 days ago)
💯.....love this man
Frank Sullivan (17 days ago)
One of the greatest!
Nick Prohoroff (17 days ago)
The high Priest/ King of smooth, gifting us once more. All hail.
The Emperor (17 days ago)
That is very embarrassing
Winterstick549 (17 days ago)
Start at 2:30
Astrid Birgitte Overn (17 days ago)
The smoothness and core musicality is just unbelieveable!
Bia Edwards (18 days ago)
Fred Astaire spoke with Michael Jackson after the 25th Motown Special saying: "you sure can dance." You can see Fred's influence on him. Both elegant once-in-a generation dancers.
Susie Simmons (19 days ago)
This was pure joy to watch, and I too could not believe that Mr. Astaire didn't get a standing ovation.  I agree also that back then the Oscars WERE worth watching with the chance of seeing someone of such class like this dear man humbly perform and share such wonderfully gifted talent. I am going to "save" this performance so I can watch it anytime I want!  :)
miuzefreak (19 days ago)
Dixie Sedgwick (19 days ago)
Michael Barnhart (20 days ago)
Freddy-O gettin' his groove on! Love it! :-)
The Crafty Annapolitan (20 days ago)
This is amazing!!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💕
Allison Parker (21 days ago)
Oh... we've never seen such class dancing like Fred. He danced like that for decades.
Inge Posch (21 days ago)
now i know where Michael Jackson learned some of his dance moves...
jaye simond (21 days ago)
Not only he def could still dance, but he looked damn good.
jaye simond (21 days ago)
Acceptance speeches back then were brief, graciously thankful and seemed more sincere. Nowadays they’re long, self-indulgent, reading boringly phonebook-length lists of ppl (thanking anyone from the caterer to Buddha), political so contrite.
David Coulter (21 days ago)
The best are gone. I miss them.
Kevin Araujo (21 days ago)
What kind of girly dance was that?
junior torres (12 days ago)
You have been located please report to the nearest ICE office for a speedy deportation
Ronny Doekhi (22 days ago)
Only one word....Legend!
Daniel Powell (22 days ago)
I watched Fred when I was very young. He was amazing and I went on to play all the songs from his music with my grandma. She would play piano and I would play the baseline on Tuba and transpose on the fly from bass clef. It was some of my best times we had. Then we watched the movies on TV when it was all live! Superb.
ez4me2sa (22 days ago)
Dancing ICON..
Deidre Muhammad (22 days ago)
Awesome 😄🍸
David Oyama (23 days ago)
Wow amazing ! He was a classic !
Irenilda Lopes (23 days ago)
Mesmo improvisando ele é magnífico!!!!!
johnbarry007 (23 days ago)
Elmer Bernstein to, Fred Astaire, great
johnbarry007 (23 days ago)
Back when Oscars were deserved.
Watogo (24 days ago)
Take note Beyonce no ass needed
Vivian Chetty (24 days ago)
Fred Astaire vs Michael Jackson. Who will win?
Gee Kay (24 days ago)
Astaire Rules!
gkelly34 (25 days ago)
Natural grace. 1 in a billion, maybe even a lifetime
Kevin Huddleston (25 days ago)
Kymbrough Zurstadt (25 days ago)
I just adore this. What a legend!
Hanzon (25 days ago)
LOVE this man.
Tweet Protocol (25 days ago)
That was so irresponsible. He could have really hurt himself.
Doug Graves (25 days ago)
The best.
Mortimer (25 days ago)
He's 71 here and killing it !!!
Spiritual Ops (26 days ago)
Awesome! Thank you!
Melinda Macleod (26 days ago)
THIS is how someone should behave in the oscars. The shameful behaviour that we see today is a disgrace. Be clear - no one wants to hear hollywoods politics.
jcyt0511 (26 days ago)
Rubenstein and Thatcher.
John Taylor-Cox (26 days ago)
Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!
rathernot say (26 days ago)
Too bad he couldn't have gotten a better wig or just gone bald and let it show
victor lionheart (26 days ago)
Master of the masters😍😍👏👏👏
bantumwt (27 days ago)
Born in 1899!!!
Pure class
B. Terence Harwick (27 days ago)
If this kind of talent and skill exists today, I haven't seen it on the dance floor...
pinsolomons (27 days ago)
Gosh, women used to wear stylish actual dresses then. How classy!
Slyboi (28 days ago)
and I'm thrown out..
jlg395 (28 days ago)
ilona szalay (28 days ago)
Nagyon örülök hogy idetaláltam! Sok szép felfedezésben részesültem. Köszönöm Ilon
Phil Meup (28 days ago)
Fred was dancing like a drunk sailor.
argieav (28 days ago)
4:09. Thats where Michael Jackson saw that shape?
joshron99 (29 days ago)
This clip is the tail end of a time when America was America before the pen gates were unloosed, actually just after they were but before the proddings by the Left caused the pouring out that has come to overwhelm our society and the qualities that it contained.
Nat Turner (29 days ago)
One cool white dude. Notice how he walked out on stage in the beginning.
Jon Dunmore (29 days ago)
Hmm, ending in the prescribed superhero pose! Not bad for a 71-year-old superhero! The king of the dance-floor in his day. So sad that no one can do their one great thing forever. Fuck Old Age, I say. Fuck it! Just think: if Michael Jackson had lived, there would have come a time when this situation would have arisen for him - in his 70s, at some award show, some comedian prompting him to dance just one last time.... so sad...
bletheringfool (29 days ago)
So funky!
victor castillo (29 days ago)
they dont make-em like that anymore.
Dominic Petruzzelli (29 days ago)
Johnathan Grey (29 days ago)
Back when the Oscars actually met something. Now days they just bash our glorious leader President Donald j Trump. Hell, his speeches are more entertaining anyway.
Gerald Balciar Jr (29 days ago)
He was good.
Roland Boss (30 days ago)
how i'd love to be able to dance like that

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