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Posted on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 2:11 pm

The best cure of all

Whenever I'm sick, I always want to do the same thing: curl up in bed or on the couch and watch old Gene Kelly musicals. Other musicals will work if necessary, but Gene Kelly ones are the best. He tells stories with his dancing better than anyone else I can think of and pulls off some of the craziest stuff always while making it look graceful and effortless and he always just looks so gosh darn happy while dancing it makes me smile. To share my Gene Kelly cure, I bring a YouTube video. This isn't one of his better known movies (I haven't seen it all the way through) but the man essentially does ballet and tap dances in roller skates in this clip and that just blows my mind.


lady_katvic at 8:59 pm on 07 October 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I am really sorry that you are sick. I am glad that you are home. This video of Gene Kelly is wicked awesome. I love that man!

Try to feel better. Love and miss you.
bratty_jedi at 11:39 am on 08 October 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I'm hanging in there. I feel a lot better than I did at the start of the week. I'll be completely back to normal next week.

A long time ago I read a story about the genesis of this scene. Something about he was visiting at the home of the director or producer or writer or something of the movie before it was made and was out roller skating with a kid (I think it was Kelly's daughter or the daughter of the director/producer/whatever) on the tennis court in the back yard. The director/producer/whatever was blown away by how graceful Kelly was on roller skates and how even there he was like poetry in motion and insisted on putting him on skates for a dance number in the movie. Like I said, I read it a long time ago so I'm beyond vague on the details, but it is still a cool story, I think.
bratty_jedi at 7:00 pm on 09 October 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing much better now and was thinking I might go up to campus this weekend and watch a Gene Kelly movie or two on the big screen because I don't think I've ever watched him on anything bigger than a regular TV. But it seems wrong to watch Singin' in the Rain on a big screen without you. Maybe I'll watch something else and we'll have to figure out a way to watch Singin' in the Rain on a big screen together sometime. Maybe next time you come visit me?

Moses supposes his toeses are roses...
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 8:45 am on 08 October 2009 (UTC) (Link)
When I'm sick, but well enough to make it from my bed to the couch, I watch either Pride and Prejudice or Singin' in the Rain. There is absolutely something very cheering about people who randomly break into song and dance numbers in public. :) (And since I can neither sing nor dance, I can live vicariously through more talented people).
bratty_jedi at 11:44 am on 08 October 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Singin' in the Rain especially blows me away when I'm sick because I know he was sick when he recorded the iconic dance number. He had a fever and everything and there he is dancing and singing in "rain" with the biggest smile. I haven't seriously danced in years and was of course never anywhere near as good as Gene Kelly, but I always catch myself tapping and shuffling around a little after watching any of his musicals. I used to be able to do some of his simpler all tap and shuffle routines (can't do any of the more ballet stuff) but I've forgotten all the choreography. Maybe relearning one should be my new work out routine when I'm feeling better...

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