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Weekend Classics: Stanley Donen

Weekend Classics: Stanley Donen

American film director and choreographer Stanley Donen, who passed away in February, is celebrated by film historians for having evolved the Hollywood musical out from under the realistic production dramas of Busby Berkeley and into a highly stylized realm of magical, musical realism.

Donen, occasionally in collaboration with Gene Kelly, facilitated the organic marriage of complex choreographic language and plot-driven songs into traditional dramatic narrative structures.

The Belcourt presents five beloved Donen classics to commemorate his mesmerizing legacy to both the classic Hollywood musical canon and the romantic comedy.

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