In this column, the LA Times reports on the “unusual number” of dance-related films, stars, and themes at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, e.g., screenings of An American in Paris, Royal Wedding, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and in person, Leslie Caron, Jane Powell, Mickey Rooney, Debbie Reynolds, George Chakiris (Bernardo in West Side Story), Marge Champion (Show Boat), Debbie Allen (Fame), Vince Paterson (directed videos for Michael Jackson and Madonna).
Specifically, Debra Levine writes:
Hollywood Boulevard, once dotted with ballet/tap/jazz studios, celebrated the joy of dance this weekend. The second TCM Classic Film Festival — a four-day event held at the Roosevelt Hotel, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Mann’s Chinese Six, Egyptian Theatre and the Music Box — feted an unusual number of dance legends along with its other classic-movie fare.
A 60th-anniversary restoration of “An American in Paris” opened the festival Thursday night. Gene Kelly’s costar, Leslie Caron, forever a Parisian princess, joined the gala in person. Screenings of “Royal Wedding” (1951) and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), Michael Kidd’s outing for top-dog male dancers of the ’50s, were graced by star Jane Powell’s in-person presence. Mickey Rooney and Debbie Reynolds rounded out the movie hoofers attending TCM Fest.