Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly @ 100 Jul 15 – Jul 26

Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly @ 100
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The very embodiment of the word “performer,” actor, director, dancer, choreographer and technological innovator Gene Kelly revolutionized the look of dance on film while starring in some of the most beloved Hollywood musicals of all time. On the occasion of the Kelly centenary, the Film Society is proud to present a 23-film salute that encompasses Kelly’s best-known classics as well as rarely screened gems showcasing his work as a director and dramatic actor. Due to a studio-imposed moratorium, we regret that we are unable to include Singin’ in the Rain in this series. Series programmed by Richard Peña and Scott Foundas.

See any two films in this series and save when you create your own double feature! To sweeten the deal, buying a double feature package will automatically enter you for a chance to win an advanced copy of Warner Home Video's new Blu-ray edition of Singin' in the Rain:

"On July 17, the musical treasure Singin’ in the Rain ends an 18-month moratorium to celebrate its 60th anniversary in harmonious high style with the debut of a new glorious Blu-ray edition, plus a three-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD Pack from Warner Home Video. AFI’s '#1 Movie Musical' is now offered in fabulous Blu-ray, ready for new generations of fans to enjoy."

In This Series

An Evening of Gene Kelly

An Evening of Gene Kelly

Special live performance!

Film historian Patricia Ward Kelly takes audiences behind the scenes and shares an intimate story of her late husband Gene Kelly, the man who helped create some of the most memorable scenes in film history.

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Gene Kelly: Changing the Look of Dance on Film

Gene Kelly: Changing the Look of Dance on Film

Special live performance!

In this second special evening performance, Patricia Ward Kelly explores Gene’s contribution in creating a particularly American form of dance. Blending carefully chosen film clips, personal letters and telegrams and rarely heard stories, Mrs. Kelly presents an in-depth look at Gene’s extraordinary innovations in the use of cinematography, choreography and animation.

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An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Vincente Minnelli | 1951 | 115 mins

American painter Kelly falls in love with French girl Leslie Caron and must find a way to break off with his rich, older benefactress (Nina Foch) in this splendid Gershwin musical culminating in a legendary, Kelly-directed and choreographed, 17-minute ballet.

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Anchors Aweigh

Anchors Aweigh

George Sidney | 1945 | 143 mins

On leave, ladies man Kelly (in an Oscar-nominated performance) takes fellow sailor Frank Sinatra to Hollywood, where he promises to introduce him to a passel of sexy starlets. Featuring Kelly’s famous dance with MGM's animated mouse, Jerry!

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Brigadoon

Brigadoon

Vincente Minnelli | 1954 | 108 mins

A charming CinemaScope musical set in Scotland, shot in an MGM studio, choreographed by Kelly, and adapted from the Lerner & Loewe Broadway hit about an enchanted 18th-century village that reawakens annually for only one day.

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Cover Girl

Cover Girl

Charles Vidor | 1944 | 107 mins

Kelly hit it big when M-G-M loaned him out for this splashy Columbia musical about a chorus girl (Rita Hayworth) whose stardom as a magazine cover model puts a strain on her relationship with the nice-guy club owner (Kelly) who gave her her break.

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The Cross of Lorraine

The Cross of Lorraine

Tay Garnett | 1943 | 90 mins

Not on DVD!

A group of captured French soldiers (including Kelly, Hume Cronyn and Cedric Hardwicke) tough it out in a Nazi POW camp run by the sadistic Peter Lorre in this powerful and surprisingly violent WWII programmer.

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For Me and My Gal

For Me and My Gal

Busby Berkeley | 1942 | 104 mins

Kelly made his screen debut alongside Judy Garland (in her first adult role) in this rousing celebration of vaudeville and USO troupers, cited by legendary director-choreographer Berkeley as his favorite film.

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Gigot

Gigot

Gene Kelly | 1962 | 104 mins

Not on DVD!

Kelly directed the great Jackie Gleason in a Golden Globe-nominated performance as a mute, downtrodden Frenchman who finds a new sense of purpose when he comes to care for a Montmartre prostitute and her adorable young daughter.

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A Guide for the Married Man

A Guide for the Married Man

Gene Kelly | 1967 | 89 mins

Robert Morse gives neurotic co-worker Walter Matthau pointers on the delicate art of infidelity in this all-star ‘60s romp featuring cameos by Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Sid Caesar, Jayne Mansfield and dozens more!

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Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!

Gene Kelly | 1969 | 146 mins

Restored 70mm print! The reported off-screen tensions between co-stars Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau are scarcely evident in Kelly’s lavish screen version of the Broadway smash--one of the last of the big studio musicals. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

Stanley Kramer | 1960 | 128 mins

Kelly is a Baltimore journalist (modeled on H.L. Mencken) covering the trial of a Southern schoolteacher accused of teaching Evolution in Kramer’s celebrated film based on the controversial 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial.

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Invitation to the Dance

Invitation to the Dance

Gene Kelly | 1956 | 93 mins

New 35mm print!

Kelly's dream was to make a film narrative told entirely through dance and pantomime. He succeeded with this radically innovative film that tells three different stories through three styles of performance.

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It’s Always Fair Weather

It’s Always Fair Weather

Gene Kelly | Stanley Donen | 1955 | 101 mins

Kelly’s final collaboration with Stanley Donen was this conceptual sequel to On the Town, with Kelly, Dan Dailey and choreographer Michael Kidd as three WWII vets who reunite in New York a decade after the end of the war.

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Les Girls

Les Girls

George Cukor | 1957 | 114 mins

Hailed by Andrew Sarris as a musical Rashomon, Cukor’s glorious CinemaScope bauble stars Kelly as a dance troupe impresario who gives one of three differing accounts when one of his dancers accuses another of libeling her in a tell-all memoir. Songs by Cole Porter.

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Marjorie Morningstar

Marjorie Morningstar

Irving Rapper | 1958 | 128 mins

In the screen version of Herman Wouk’s runaway bestseller, Natalie Wood is the titular aspiring actress coming of age on the Upper West Side and falling in and out of love with the older playwright Noel Airman (Kelly).

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On The Town

On The Town

Gene Kelly | Stanley Donen | 1949 | 98 mins

The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down in this first directorial collaboration between Kelly and Stanley Donen, notable for its extensive location filming, stunning use of modern dance techniques, and seamless integration of musical numbers.

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The Pirate

Vincente Minnelli | 1948 | 102 mins

Pretty Caribbean islander Judy Garland dreams up a famous pirate, and an actor on tour (Gene Kelly) pretends to be the notorious buccaneer in this sumptuously costumed and choreographed circus of Cole Porter numbers based on an S.N. Bherman play.

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Summer Stock

Summer Stock

Charles Walters | 1950 | 108 mins

Perhaps the most entertaining of all the “show in a barn” motion pictures, Summer Stock reunited Kelly and Judy Garland under the sparkling direction of Charles Walters. Featuring Kelly’s “squeaky board/newspaper” dance and Judy singing “Get Happy.”

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Busby Berkeley | 1949 | 93 mins

Kelly and Frank Sinatra are baseball players who work off-season as song-and-dance men and fall hard for the team’s new owner (Esther Williams) in this wildly popular Busby Berkeley musical (featuring choreography by Kelly and Stanley Donen).

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Thousands Cheer

Thousands Cheer

George Sidney | 1943 | 125 mins

Acrobatic Army private Kelly falls for the colonel’s comely daughter (Kathryn Grayson) in this gorgeously mounted romance cum M-G-M revue, featuring numbers by Judy Garland, Eleanor Powell, Lena Horne and more!

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The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

George Sidney | 1948 | 125 mins

Kelly is D’Artagnan opposite Van Heflin’s Athos, Vincent Price’s Richelieu, Angela Lansbury’s Queen Anne and Lana Turner’s Lady de Winter in director Sidney’s rousing version of the Dumas swashbuckler.

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What a Way to Go!

What a Way to Go!

J. Lee Thompson | 1964 | 111 mins

Hopeless romantic Shirley MacLaine marries poor men out of love (including small-town dancer Kelly), but keeps ending up a rich widow in this big-budget superproduction from Singin’ in the Rain writers Comden and Green. Co-starring  Robert Mitchum, Paul Newman, Dean Martin and Dick Van Dyke.

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Xanadu

Xanadu

Robert Greenwald | 1980 | 93 mins

Disco meets ‘40s swing in this cult classic featuring Kelly (in his final feature film appearance) as a former big-band sideman who teams with a lovesick young artist and a beautiful Olympian muse (Olivia Newton-John) to turn a decaying theater into a vibrant nightclub.

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The Young Girls of Rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Jacques Demy | 1967 | 120 mins

Real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac are twins who pine for life beyond the limits of their small seaside town, with Kelly as the successful American pianist who might get them there, in director Demy’s spectacular valentine to the Hollywood musical tradition.

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