Thursday, August 23, 2012

Born Today in 1912: Gene Kelly

Today would be the 100th birthday of one of the silver screen's greatest icons.  Gene Kelly is well known the world over for what could be the greatest screen musical ever, Singin' in the Rain (1952).  He rose to fame through his graceful and impressive dancing ability and his handsome charm.  Though known most famously for musicals such as that latter, Anchors Aweigh (1945),  An American in Paris (1951) and such, he also was in a plethora of swashbuckling films from The Pirate (1948) to The Three Musketeers (1948).  Later in his career he was in more dramas such as Inherit the Wind (1960) and yes, I do find it slightly awesome that he danced to music by ELO in Xanadu (1980).

By far my favorite film of his is An American in Paris, which had its big dance sequence influenced by Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes (1948), (Gene apparently screened it repeatedly before shooting).  Here he is dancing with the beautiful Leslie Caron:


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