G | | Documentary, Family, Musical
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.
It was Fred Astaire's idea that he and Gene Kelly perform together in a new dance number in the film. Astaire was afraid that if he and Kelly just stood around and talked to each other, the audience would think they were too old to dance any more. At the time, Astaire was in his late 70s and Kelly was in his mid 60s.
Writing a song can be agony or ecstasy. It can take half an hour or half a year. But, when anyone writes a song in a movie, there never seems to be any problem. Inspiration turns on faster than a light bulb.
During the clip from Kiss Me Kate (1953), Gene Kelly identifies the choreographer as Hermes Pan. But the clip shown, "From This Moment On", was actually choreographed by Bob Fosse, one of the dancers.
The opening credits introduce not only hosts Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but mention all the other performers from the clips before the 'That's Entertainment, pt 2' title card; all are done in different styles: names drawn in the sand, scrolls, inside a book, tiles spelled out on satin, inside a file cabinet, typed on stationery, branding iron, the 'Rank Organisation' gong, etc.
Swedish cinema version ran only 122 min (i.e., 11 min shorter) than the original cut. Following musical numbers were removed:
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