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|Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer|
Actors: Stanley Tucci, Fred Astaire, Jeanine Basinger, Betsy Blair, Leslie Caron
Director: Robert Trachtenberg
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
The life and career of this film star and innovator whose work includes Singin' in the Rain, On the Town, and An American in Paris are vibrantly recalled in this profile of the driven genius--often narcissistic, always a p... more »
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J. Anderson | Monterey, CA USA | 03/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine look at Gene Kelly. Some of the footage used is miraculous - the duet of Kelly with Astaire is amazing. The reminiscences from a number of people work well, the pace of interview/footage is well crafted. Some of Kelly's career gets glossed without much attention, but for a 90 min. documentary, this is about as good as it gets. The tone of the piece is never cloying, for all the admiration Kelly engenders, and rightfully so. He was an immense artist. Stanley Tucci narrates, and there's ample enough coverage of his private life, especially with his children, to whet your appetite for more. The presentation of his art is first-rate, even as you want more. Gene Kelly's admirers won't be disappointed."
A brilliant bio-docu worthy of Gene Kelly's genius!
J. Anderson | 11/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every once in a while a biographical documentary comes along that transcends the genre and is a worthy film into and of itself. Very often those shows have been part of the wonderful AMERICAN MASTERS series on PBS, and GENE KELLY:ANATOMY OF A DANCER is probably the best I haev ever seen. Intelligent, cogent, and taking a decidedly non-traditional approach, the film is made with the same kind of meticulous care that its subject put into his filmmaking, choreography, and performing.
The interviews are provocative, the clips not predictable, and always entertaining. It's shows like this that remind us what cinematic life portraits used to be like before ...Truly 'S wonderful!"
Wonderful, informative and entertaining....
D. Pawl | Seattle | 08/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary provides real insight into the man, Gene Kelly, behind the dancing shoes, flashy choreography and "leading man" status in countless musicals. It opens with two men discussing the meaning of life, and one of them refers to Kelly's "Singin' In the Rain" sequence as being one of the most beautiful scenes ever filmed in the movies. I think it is safe to say that many of us will agree.........and those of us who don't agree, probably haven't seen the movie yet! (and they should!)
This film takes a look at Gene, through the eyes of his daughter, his first wife, his co-stars, film critics, and juxtaposes these views with clips of some amazing dance numbers. There was even rare footage of Gene Kelly, before he became the star he remains to be today, preserved in film and in our hearts and minds. This was of his footwork in a staged version of the musical, "Pal Joey." This young man, who started out as an Econ major, and then went on to fluorish as an accomplished dancer, and even taught lessons, was brimming with talent from the beginning. What made Kelly so accessible as a dancer and performer, was his universal, down-to-earth appeal. He was truly the "every man." This is made reference to on several occasions, as the documentary progressed. Gene made dancing masculine, and something that men should not only feel free to do (like a sport), but also something they should take pride in.
This is definitely a "must see.""
Excellent DVD for Kelly fans
ellafan | MI | 12/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of the wonderful Mr.Kelly,then this is the DVD for you.Lots of interesting background info,and lots of dancing! I fell in love with him when I saw "Singin' in the Rain"when I was a little kid,and have been happily purchasing everything on DVD that is available.The quality of the DVD is excellent,as well.Now excuse me,please,while I go outside and splash around in a few mud puddles!!"