This weekend, July 20-21, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will celebrate an American legend- Gene Kelly. Takng place at the Walter Reade Theatre, the events include 'An Intimate Portrait of Gene Kelly' (July 20, 7pm) and 'Changing the Look of Dance on Film' ( July 21, 6:30pm).
In 'An Intimate Portrait of Gene Kelly', 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. This unique live performance—praised as “a real treat” by Variety—combines rare and familiar film clips, never released audio recordings and personal insights culled from hours of interviews with her husband. Mrs. Kelly reveals a very personal side of this American legend and his perspective on the work for which he wished to be remembered.
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.
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.
For tickets, visit filmlinc.com.