- Sat-Sun, September 8-9 at NoonDir. Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen, USA, 1955, 101 min., NR, Archival 35mm Print
The directing duo of Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen return in this musical satire on television and advertising that garnered Oscar nods for Best Score and Best Screenplay. War buddies Ted (Kelly), Doug (Dan Dailey) and Angie (Michael Kidd) promise to meet 10 years after parting at the end of World War II, but their get-together doesn't turn out as expected. Each man has seen his youthful dreams evaporate, and now a network TV coordinator (Cyd Charisse) wants to feature their reunion on live television. The film includes Kelly’s famous roller skate dance routine to I Like Myself, and a dance trio with his co-stars which allowed Kelly to experiment with the widescreen possibilities of Cinemascope.
This series would not be possible without the generous support of Nina and H.G. Webb.
SKYPE Q&A with Patricia Ward Kelly, following Sept 8 noon screening. Film historian, Patricia Ward Kelly is the widow of Gene Kelly. She has worked as a writer at a film production company, as a contributing scholar for the authoritative Northwestern/Newberry Writings of Herman Melville, and as a freelance journalist. She and Kelly met at the Smithsonian in 1985, when he was the host/narrator for a television special for which she was a writer. Soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoirs, a job for which she recorded his words nearly every day for over ten years, and they were together until his death in 1996. Currently, she serves as Trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and Creative Director of "Gene Kelly: The Legacy," a corporation established to commemorate Kelly’s centenary worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles and is completing the book about her late husband.
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