100 Reasons to Celebrate Gene Kelly #14: Those Ballet Numbers

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Reasons to Celebrate Gene Kelly.

Another reason to celebrate Gene Kelly is those brilliant ballet/dream numbers that he conceived, choreographed, and ultimately put onscreen.

See, for example, the dream sequence in the middle of The Pirate (1948) — yes, the one revealing Kelly’s legs in those short, tight black shorts. There’s also, of course, the lavish and expensive (it cost half a million dollars!) ballet at the close of An American in Paris (1951) for which Gene won an honorary Academy Award. Two more: the “day in New York” ballet in On The Town (1949), and the colorful “Broadway Melody” (above), which falls near the end of Singin’ in the Rain (1952).

Each ballet, although different in tone and look, is woven into the film’s story. The numbers are nothing short of spectacular and, as such, further indicate Kelly’s genius in displaying dance onscreen.

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