The Cinematic Innovations of Gene Kelly with Marc Strauss
Thursdays from 4-7p.m. at the Council on Aging
Class dates: October 18,25,November 1,8,15
Energetic and athletic dancer, film/stage/television actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer Eugene “Gene” Curran Kelly (1912 – 1996) brought his artistry to dozens of movies, Broadway and television shows, including nearly thirty film musicals. He became popular for his good looks, dancing skills, and the generally likable characters that he played on screen—although, as is not commonly known, he also played villains and dark characters—as well as his unique contributions to the art of film, of which he was given an honorary Academy Award in 1952. This course will involve a close examination of numerous Kelly innovations onscreen through the showing and analysis of five of his famous, and not as well-known, movies between 1944 and 1955, as well as the occasional short clip from other films both popular and unknown. Through historically contextualized introductions and post-film discussions, Marc Strauss will lead the student to a richer understanding of Kelly’s contributions to film from both a choreographic and directorial perspective.