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STANLEY DONEN
‘Master of Musical Film Magic’
This DVD-R presents Donen, the
genuine artist and creator of many
Hollywood musicals of the 1950’s…more.
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Track 1: ( 55 minutes)
A biography from 1996
has Stanley contributing most of the
narrative in extensive interviews. His early day as a
dancer on Broadway, his collaboration with Gene Kelly
and their move to Hollywood are covered
extensively.. The many film clips that are a large
part of this program attest to his
creative genius, not only in the classic MGM/Columbia
musicals but also in the dramas, comedic and romantic
films he produced/directed.
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Track 2: (47 minutes)
In 1994 Donen was a guest on ‘Evening At Pops’.
He and John Williams teamed to present a unique
montage of film images on large screen to which
Donen explains their origins while the Boston
Pops in synchro, plays NEW musical scorings.
(Analyzed are dance scenes from ‘Royal Wedding’, ‘Singing
In the Rain’, ‘Deep In My Heart’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven
Brothers’, ‘It’s Always Fair Weather’, ‘Anchors Aweigh’.)
At the end the baton is handed to Donen who conducts
the Boston Pops in ‘That’s Entertainment’
The revelations are quite fascinating and interesting..
providing a glimpse at the creativity involved .
Opening segment has the Orch./Chorus performing
Williams’ 1981 ‘Olympic Hymn’ and the trumpet
spectacular ‘Summon the Heroes’ .

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Track 3: ( 8 min)
In 1998 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences presented an Oscar to Stanley Donen for
his lifetime of creative input in film. Following
a recap of his directorial and producing film career, the
gold statuette was handed to him by Martin Scorsese.
The ‘thank you’ offered in the form of a song and dance
routine will surely become a classic. This memorable
event is included here as a perfect
conclusion to this terrific compilation!
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Additional info. Hollywood Musicals/Donen http://education.cinematheque.bc.ca/pdfs/f_h_guide12.pdf
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and http://allmovie.com/artist/stanley-donen-88027
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Every film buff of movie musicals would greatly enjoy
this very worthwhile compilation in their video library.
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