American Masters: Season 16, Episode 8

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (1 Mar. 2002)

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A documentary on Gene Kelly.

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A look at the life, the work, and the contributions of Gene Kelly to movies and movie making. The film celebrates Kelly's putting story-telling into dance and discovering, along with Martha Graham and Jerome Robbins, an American style. It examines his partnership with Stanley Dolan, his bringing of tap and ballet into musicals, his marriages and personal competitiveness, his political views, and his work on stage as well as in film. This production details his contributions as a dancer, choreographer, and director. The narration and talking heads also discuss his muscular style, his low center of gravity, and his masculine appeal. Written by <>

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12 April 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Kelly fan, and this is a superb documentary! Featuring clips from most of his films and all of them being re-mastered makes this documentary great! There are stories and comments from his co-workers and family such as Betsy Blair, Leslie Caron, Debbie Reynolds, Kerry Kelly Novick (his oldest daughter), Tim Kelly (son), and many others. The only problem is that I wish it were longer!


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