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Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (#1508)

Among the beloved stars of Hollywood's golden age, Gene Kelly remains one of the most surprising. His first major film success came at the age of 30 - well past his prime as a dancer. A short 10 years later, he made his last hit. Single-handedly responsible for creating a new approach to film musicals as performer, choreographer and director, Kelly was equally determined to incorporate a distinctly athletic, American style into dance. "I didn't want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans," he said. As this 90-minute documentary proves, Kelly went far beyond the grinning, beloved entertainer the world has come to know. His charisma and creativity were matched by a volatile temper, driven perfectionism, and the need for attention. Kelly's most enduring achievements are demonstrated in such films as Singin' in the Rain, On the Town and An American in Paris. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

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