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Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

 

Stanley DonenGene Kelly

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See also Stanley Donen
Donen 1924 -  | Kelly 1912 - 1996 
Donen Born April 13, Columbia, South Carolina, USA | Kelly Born August 23, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Key Production Country: USA 
Key Genres: Musical, Musical Comedy, Musical Romance
Key Collaborators: Arthur Freed (Producer), Betty Comden (Sreenwriter), Adolph Green (Screenwriter), Cedric Gibbons (Production Designer), Cyd Charisse (Leading Character Player), Harold Rosson (Cinematographer), Adrienne Fazan (Editor)
Highly Recommended: On the Town (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Recommended: It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Links: [ IMDB: Stanley Donen ] [ IMDB: Gene Kelly ] [ TCMDB: Donen ] [ TCMDB: Kelly ] [ All-Movie Guide: Stanley Donen ] [ All-Movie Guide: Gene Kelly ] [ Film Reference: Stanley Donen ] [ The Gene Scene: A Gene Kelly Home Page ] [ Gene Kelly and His Many Faces ] [ American Masters: Gene Kelly ] [ Widescreen Glory Article ] [ Reel Classics: Stanley Donen ] [ Stanley Donen Spotlight by Martin Scorsese ]
Books: [ Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and His Movies ] [ Stanley Donen ] [ Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams ]
DVD's: [ Amazon ] 
1,000 Greatest Films: On the Town (1949), Singin' in the Rain (1952)
 
Singin' in the Rain (1952)On the Town (1949)It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
 
     
  "Together, Donen and Kelly directed some of the wittiest, most stylish and energetic musicals to emerge from MGM. Donen's elegant visual flair was the perfect accompaniment to Kelly's dynamically balletic choreography...Outside of their collaborations the pair's directing achievements were variable...The joint offerings, however, exude brio, style, and intelligent, appealing optimism." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)  
     
  DONEN: "Donen was king of Hollywood musicals. The brightest and best of them are Singin' in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, It's Always Fair Weather, Funny Face and The Pajama Game. These films contain some of the most brilliantly staged musical numbers of all time." - David Quinlan (Quinlan's Film Directors, 1999)  
     
  KELLY: "Following the success of On the Town (1949), the first of three sparkling musicals that Kelly also co-directed with Stanley Donen, he succeeded Fred Astaire as Hollywood's number one dancing master...His subsequent product as director has been proficiently handled but far less inspired than his dancing and choreography." - (The MacMillan International Film Encyclopedia, 1994)  
     
  DONEN: "Directs energetic, adventurous, muscular musicals (Singin' in the Rain, 52; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 54). His more recent comedy and suspense films are laced with exotica and wit (Surprise Package, 60; Charade, 63)." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  
     
 
 

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