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American masters. Gene Kelly, anatomy of a dancer

Author: Robert Trachtenberg; Susan Lacy; Roger Mayer; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Turner Entertainment Co.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thirteen/WNET, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : English
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Biography of Gene Kelly, celebrating his achievements as performer, choreographer, and director on stage and film. Among the topics discussed are his creation of an all-American masculine stage persona ; his professional partnership with Stanley Donen ; the contrast of his dance style and that of Fred Astaire ; his innovations and experiments in filming dance ; his contributions as role model to a new generation of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dance
Biographies
Musicals
Video
Interviews
Biography
Named Person: Gene Kelly; Gene Kelly; Fred Kelly; Clive Hirschhorn; Beth Genné; Betsy Blair; Adolph Green; Judy Garland; Jeanine Basinger; Nina Foch; Rita Hayworth; Stanley Donen; Stanley Donen; Stephen M Silverman; Frank Sinatra; André Previn; Betty Comden; Arthur Laurents; Fred Astaire; Leslie Caron; Leslie Caron; Cyd Charisse; Cyd Charisse; Deborah Jowitt; Vera-Ellen; Elvis Mitchell; Fayard Nicholas; Fayard Nicholas; Harold Nicholas; Betty Garrett; Betty Garrett; Jules Munshin; Ann Miller; Carol Haney; Peter Wollen; Vincente Minnelli; Donald O'Connor; Donald O'Connor; Debbie Reynolds; Debbie Reynolds; Kenny Ortega; Dan Dailey; Michael Kidd; Barbra Streisand; Stanley Tucci
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Trachtenberg; Susan Lacy; Roger Mayer; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Turner Entertainment Co.
OCLC Number: 79943725
Credits: Executive producers, Susan Lacy, Roger Mayer ; editing, Arnold Glassman ; director of photography, David Ferrara.
Performer(s): Narrator: Stanley Tucci.
Interviewees: Kerry Kelly Novick, Clive Hirschhorn, Beth Genné, Betsy Blair, Adolph Green, Jeanine Basinger, Nina Foch, Stephen Silverman, Stanley Donen, André Previn, Betty Comden, Arthur Laurents, Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse, Deborah Jowitt, Elvis Mitchell, Fayard Nicholas, Betty Garrett, Peter Wollen, Debbie Reynolds, Kenny Ortega, Tim Kelly. Appearing in pre-recorded interviews: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, Vincente Minnelli, Donald O'Connor.
Event notes: Telecast by Thirteen/WNET on the series American masters on March 3, 2002.
Description: 1 videocassette (86 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Contents: Dance excerpts (danced by Gene Kelly unless otherwise noted): Deep in my heart (1954) / duet with Fred Kelly --
The Kelly brothers (1932) --
Cap and gown revue (1932) --
Pal Joey (Broadway production) --
For me and my gal (1942) / includes duet with Judy Garland --
Thousands cheer (1943) --
Cover girl (1944) / duet with Rita Hayworth and the "Alter ego" number --
Anchors aweigh (1945) / includes duets with Frank Sinatra and the animated character Jerry the Mouse --
Ziegfeld follies (1946) / duet with Fred Astaire --
Words and music (1948) / "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet, with Vera-Ellen and others --
The pirate (1948) / includes "Be a clown" trio with the Nicholas Brothers ; duet with Garland --
Take me out to the ball game (1949) / includes duet with Sinatra --
On the town (1949) / includes "New York, New York," "On the town," and "A day in New York" ; performers include Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Carol Haney --
Summer stock (1950) / includes duet with Garland ; solos --
An American in Paris (1951) / includes "I got rhythm" and "American in Paris" ballet ; performers include Leslie Caron, Nina Foch --
Singin' in the rain (1952) / includes "Moses," "All I do," "Good mornin'," "Singin' in the rain," and "Broadway ballet" ; performers include Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Cyd Charisse. Dance excerpts, continued: Invitation to the dance (1956) / includes montage of scenes from the film ; animation test with Carol Haney --
Brigadoon (1954) / includes duet with Charisse --
It's always fair weather (1955) / includes "The binge," with Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd ; roller-skating solo --
Dancing - a man's game (1958) / includes scenes from the television special, which contrasted dancing and various sports --
Hello, Dolly (1969) / directed by Kelly ; performers include Barbra Streisand in the title role.
Other Titles: Gene Kelly, anatomy of a dancer
Responsibility: a production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Turner Entertainment Co. ; written, produced, and directed by Robert Trachtenberg.

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Biography of Gene Kelly, celebrating his achievements as performer, choreographer, and director on stage and film. Among the topics discussed are his creation of an all-American masculine stage persona ; his professional partnership with Stanley Donen ; the contrast of his dance style and that of Fred Astaire ; his innovations and experiments in filming dance ; his contributions as role model to a new generation of male dancers. The program includes extended analyses, illustrated with film clips, of his most significant films: On the town, An American in Paris, and Singin' in the rain. In addition to Kelly's own remarks, heard in pre-recorded interviews, there are commentaries by family members, fellow performers and collaborators, and critics and historians.

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