Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

"Stanley Donen is associated with some of the most innovative Hollywood musicals of the late 1940s and 1950s. A dancer himself, in 1941 he began a long association with Gene Kelly, first on Kelly's stage shows, then in films.... Together, the two brought a new style of dancing to the screen, less polished and sophisticated than that of Fred Astaire, but more virile and down to earth." - Edward Buscombe (501 Movie Directors, 2007)

Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Producer
See also Stanley Donen / Gene Kelly
DONEN (1924- ) Born April 13, Columbia, South Carolina, USA; KELLY (1912-1996) Born August 23, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Top 250 Directors

Key Production Country: USA
Key Genres: Musical, Musical Comedy, Musical Romance, Comedy, Reunion Films, Showbiz Comedy
Key Collaborators: Betty Comden (Screenwriter), Adolph Green (Screenwriter), Arthur Freed (Producer), Cedric Gibbons (Production Designer), Harold Rosson (Cinematographer), Adrienne Fazan (Editor), Cyd Charisse (Leading Character Actress)

"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)
DONEN: "Trained as a dancer, he made his mark as a performer on the Broadway stage before being hired by MCGM as a dance director. He co-directed On the Town (1949) with Gene Kelly before directing a succession of memorable musicals and polished light entertainments." - Chambers Film Factfinder, 2006
KELLY: "The charm and brilliance of Gene Kelly's dancing has not carried over to his direction since the dissolution of his partnership with Donen. If Donen has since diminished, Kelly has completely disintegrated. Kelly's potentialities as a straight actor were never fully developed, and the Metro musical died before his musical ideas had fully been expressed... Yet Singin' in the Rain can never be tarnished by the subsequent derelictions of its participants." - Andrew Sarris (The American Cinema, 1968)
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
On the Town (1949) , Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Recommended
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmographies: Stanley Donen / Gene Kelly
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Films / Books
    On the Town
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