By Michael Gioia
19 Jul 2012
The series also features a two-night special event, "Celebrating an American Legend," presented by Kelly's widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, who paints an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of her late husband in the one-woman show.
"An Intimate Portrait of Gene Kelly" will be offered July 20 at 7 PM. Here's how the event is described: "This unique live performance combines rare and familiar film clips, never released audio recordings and personal insights culled from hours of interviews with her husband. Mrs. Kelly reveals a very personal side of this American legend and his perspective on the work for which he wished to be remembered."
Following "Intimate Portrait" will be "Changing the Look of Dance on Film" July 21 at 6:30 PM. Here's how it's billed: "In this second, special evening performance, Patricia Ward Kelly explores Gene's contribution in creating a particularly American form of dance. Blending carefully chosen film clips, personal letters and telegrams and rarely heard stories, Mrs. Kelly presents an in-depth look at Gene's extraordinary innovations in the use of cinematography, choreography and animation."
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