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Gene Kelly: Singing and Dancing in the Rain

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0238
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Theatrical poster for the 1952 musical film Singin' in the Rain

Gene Kelly is one of the most engaging and influential dancers to ever set foot in Hollywood. He emerged as a star at a time when most movie dancing was basically a showcase for elegant partners in motion, but within a few years he had transformed not only the nature of male dancing but also the crucial role of the camera in making dance come alive on the big screen.

Starting in the 1940s with films like Cover Girl, Anchors Aweigh, and On the Town, Kelly created dozens of classic numbers that helped to define the American movie musical and that continue to delight audiences of all ages around the world. In a program illustrated with video clips, Brian Rose, professor emeritus at Fordham University, surveys Kelly’s remarkable achievements and examines his enduring impact on Hollywood dancing.

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