Gene Kelly does Summer Stock

Sigh… Gene Kelly (His birthday’s a-comin’ and this tribute is just right at any time!). Thanks to my pal, Aurora, at Once Upon A Screen for this ‘smarvelous (nope, couldn’t resist that) post.

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The blogosphere is all abuzz this week in celebration of the life and work of Gene Kelly.  Today would have been his 100th birthday.  I just had to do something to honor him.  By way of a simple tribute to him and my (sentimental) favorite of his films, I jump on the Gene Kelly love bandwagon.

The story of Summer Stock.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), the studio that boasted “more stars than there are in the heavens” served up gem after gem with astounding talents and memorable performances for years.  I eat all of it up with extra servings whenever possible.  It’s an impossibility to choose one favorite number or scene from the rich MGM legacy.  But Gene Kelly was special among a sea of unforgettables.  With never before seen athleticism and style he brought dance to everyman, made it “cool” and masculine to dance. That’s quite a feat…

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