How Fred Astaire’s Famous ‘Dance Around The room’ was filmed

This new and improved video shows how Fred Astaire’s famous “dance around the room” was filmed by Stanley Donen in the 1951 movie “Royal Wedding”. Royal Wedding is a 1951 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. The scene featuring the song “You’re All the World to Me” was filmed by building a set inside a revolving barrel and mounting the camera and its operator to an ironing board which could be rotated along with the room. But the more you think about it, the more amazing an accomplishment this number seems. The stage must have had a diameter of something like 30 feet, and the light fixtures had to stay powered throughout. The whole thing must have weighed a ton. Building this set was an enormous feat of engineering.