I only met Mr Kelly once, in Beverly Hills when I was with the U.S. Post Office as a lad. My father met him many times, as Mr. Kelly used to be on his normal route, when he was a letter carrier in BH for 28 years. My first date with my future wife was at a $1 per showing of An American In Paris at UCLA on Valentine's Day 1969. I was, and still am, a total Gene Kelly Fan, and just marvel at his talent in all fields of the cinema, dancing, acting and directing, and of course, his relationship to Bradbury. I own a DVD of both Signin' In The Rain and An American In Paris. He lives on!
Speaking of dance sequences, and yes, I did bring them up, the one I will drop anything I am doing to watch, if someone happens to be playing the tape, is the "Maid Mad to Marry" number in "Kiss Me Kate," sung by Ann Miller as Lois Lane "Bianca." The three men playing the suitors in the dance are Bobby Van (Gremio), Kurt Kasznar (Baptista) and Bob Fosse (Hortensio). The second great number in that is "Brush up Your Shakespeare," with Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore as the crooks.
Just as there are no good westerns being made now--neither the people nor the animals exist with the necessary training and talents to fulfill the requirements--has there been any dance movie in the last twenty years which even began to approach an MGM musical? If so, I must have missed it!
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Dandy, Gene's dance is on my list. I have so many, I'm posting them a few at a time. Anne Miller! How about her "Shakin' The Blues Away"?! (Easter Parade, 1948, I think) I don't think anone's feet have moved so fast since people had feet!
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Nothing more contemporary? I like, in the Bill Murrey Movie, "A Razor's Edge", where, at the end (when his girlfriend has been brutally killed and he confronts the woman who motivated the lapse leading to her death, where Murray says something to effect of, "I thought she was my reward for living a good life...". You watch the scenes where he helps her recover her life, and you can feel the love between them, and then it is all taken away from him. What a powerful scene.
Mr. Dark, interesting that you noted The Razor's Edge as I enjoyed this moving very much. As might be noted, this movie was a far cry from the regular fare of Bill Murray, but as I understand it, Bill agreed to make, I think, Ghost Busters, with the stipulation that he could also be involved with The Razor's Edge, a novel by W. Somerset Maughham.
Bill's older brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, also starred in the film as he did in many others with Bill.
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