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<<< March 25 - 28, 2010 >>>

Singin' in the Frame: A Gene Kelly Retrospective

 

 

This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!

 

 

Actor, dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly did more than almost any other individual to influence the evolution of the American screen musical. After a successful career on Broadway in the 1930s, he went to Hollywood in the 1940s and appeared in a number of now-classic musicals, including ANCHORS AWEIGH and ON THE TOWN; the latter also marked Kelly's directorial debut. Throughout the 1950s he would continue to exert more control over his films. Whether directing himself (with Stanley Donen) in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN or working with masters like Vincente Minnelli on AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and BRIGADOON, Kelly demanded the most of himself and his collaborators. The result was a career filled with classic song-and-dance numbers and memorable performances, all of which were realized in Kelly’s effortless and natural style. The Cinematheque presents several of his finest films, from the MGM era to his glorious appearance in Jacques Demy's THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT.

 

 

Thursday, March 25 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE PIRATE, 1948, Warner Bros., 102 min. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. A Cole Porter score anchors this Vincente Minnelli musical, in which circus clown Gene Kelly pines for demure maiden Judy Garland, who thinks he's actually a Caribbean pirate. Bold and expressive in its use of Technicolor and featuring terrific performances by Kelly and Garland, this is one of the best of MGM's classic musicals.

BRIGADOON, 1954, Warner Bros., 108 min. Director Vincente Minnelli re-creates pastoral Scotland on a soundstage in a glorious display of color, music and movement. Gene Kelly and Van Johnson discover a magical village in this adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's Broadway hit, with Cyd Charisse lending romantic interest and charm. View trailer } Buy Tickets Introduction by Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia Kelly.

 

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Friday, March 26 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, 1951, Warner Bros., 115 min. Director Vincente Minnelli’s most popular musical and 1951 Oscar Best Picture winner features irrepressible Gene Kelly as a struggling-to-make-it painter in Paris, caught between the romantic aspirations of a wealthy patron (Nina Foch) and his true love, the young Leslie Caron.  View trailer

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT), 1967, Miramax, 120 min. Director Jacques Demy's love letter to American musicals, French cityscapes and romance in general is one of his greatest triumphs. Intersecting stories of young dreamers - among them Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac and Danielle Darrieux - who continually miss meeting their ideal mates by mere city blocks - city blocks that are all authentic, matching realistic location shooting with sheer flights of musical fantasy. An added bonus: Gene Kelly in some of the most delightful moments in musical history. View trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, March 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career is imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. Supporting players Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse also shine in brilliantly choreographed musical numbers. View trailer

SUMMER STOCK, 1950, Warner Bros., 108 min, Dir. Charles Walters. Bankrupt Broadway impresario Gene Kelly brings his collaborators to Judy Garland's farm to rehearse; before long Garland gets the itch to go into show business too! Featuring Garland's famous rendition of "Get Happy." Discussion in between films with Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia Kelly. Buy Tickets

 

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Sunday, March 28 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: ON THE TOWN, 1949, Warner Bros., 98 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin are three sailors on leave in New York who find romance - and plenty of song and dance - with Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, and Betty Garrett over the course of their day at liberty in the big city.

ANCHORS AWEIGH, 1945, Warner Bros., 143 min. Dir. George Sidney. Gene Kelly dances with Jerry the Mouse in a sublime combination of live-action and animation in this gem choreographed by Kelly and future ON THE TOWN/SINGIN' IN THE RAIN collaborator Stanley Donen. Kelly and Frank Sinatra play sailors on leave in Hollywood who get involved with a cute extra (Kathryn Grayson) and her even more aggressively cute nephew (Dean Stockwell). Introduction by Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia Kelly.

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