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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) - Star of the month... Gene Kelly

'Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer" is a 2002 documentary, narrated by Stanley Tucci.

Featuing interviews with  Betsy Blair, Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse, Betty Comden, Nina Foch, Betty Garrett, Adolph Green, Arthur Laurents, Fayard Nicholas, Andre Previn, Debbie Reynolds,

The documentary begins with his childhood, and early dance training, which took him to Broadway, where he featured in musicals 'Leave it to Me', 'The Time of Your Life' and the leading role in 'Pal Joey'.

The documentary features some of the only known footage of Gene dancing in 'Pal Joey', as well clips from two early appearances in 'The Kelly Brothers' (1932) and 'The Cap and Gown Revue' (1932).

Many films from throughout Gene's career are represented including:
  • For Me and My Gal (1942) - features the song 'For Me & My Gal'
  • Thousands Cheer (1943) - features the song 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart'
  • Cover Girl (1944) - features the song 'Long Ago and Far Away' & 'Alter Ego'
  • Anchors Aweigh (1945) -  features the song 'I Begged Her' & 'The Worry Song'
  • Ziegfeld Follies (1945) - features the song 'The Babbit and the Bromide'
  • Words and Music (1948) - features the song 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue'
  • The Pirate (1948) - features the songs 'The Pirate Ballet' & 'Be A Clown'
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) - features the songs 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' & 'Strictly USA'
  • On the Town (1949) - features the songs 'New York, New York', 'On the Town' & 'A Day in New York Ballet'
  • Summer Stock (1950) - features the songs 'You Wonderful You', 'Dig-Dig-Dig- Dig for Your Dinner'
  • An American In Paris (1951) - features the songs 'I Got Rhythm' & 'An American In Paris Ballet'
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952) - features the songs 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Moses Supposes', 'Dreaming Of You', 'Would You?', 'Good Morning' & 'The Broadway Melody Ballet'
  • Invitation to the Dance (1956) - features excerpts from all 3 dance segments
  • Brigadoon (1953) - features the song 'Heather on the Hill'
  • It's Always Fair Weather (1955) - features the songs 'March, March', 'The Binge', 'I Like Myself'
  • Omnibus (1958) (TV Series) - features a clip from episode 'Dancing: A Man's Game'
  • Hello Dolly! (1969) -  features the song "Before the Parade Passes By"
  • That's Entertainment! (1974) - features a clip from Kelly's narration

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