There are some movies that are truly exemplary of what a quintessential, classic film is. They stand the test of time, so much so, that the great magic of the movie is felt, no matter whether it was seen 50 years ago or just five days ago. They’re the films that were innovative then, and continue to break boundaries now. Needless to say, the iconic flick, Singin’ in the Rain is one of those motion pictures whose impact is simply everlasting. This year, Singin’ in the Rain celebrates its 70th anniversary. 70 years of avant-garde choreography that changed the world of dance. 70 years of some of the most melodic and captivating music. And, 70 years of a feature film that has touched us all in more ways than words can describe.
Singin’ in the Rain is a movie that was always ahead of its time. A pivotal part of what made the movie so special is, of course, the legendary Gene Kelly‘s unrivaled work. From directing, to starring in the film, and working on the mesmerizing, dance sequences, Kelly is nothing short of a true visionary who continues to serve as such an influential figure to this day. The generations that grew up watching Singin’ in the Rain could proudly watch the film over and over again, and each time there’s a little nuance or something different about the movie that may have never been noticed before. Now, new generations are able to be inspired by Gene Kelly – whether it’s aspiring dancers, budding filmmakers, or movie enthusiasts who love to be swept away by a truly remarkable picture.
Continuing Gene Kelly’s everlasting legacy is none other than his brilliant wife, Patricia Ward Kelly. Gene Kelly and Patricia Ward Kelly truly made a dynamic duo. Their love story is straight out of a movie. Mrs. Kelly spent over ten years recording Gene Kelly’s words and hearing his fascinating stories to make his memoir. She was his confidant, his best-friend, and someone who truly made him believe in love again. Now, Patricia Ward Kelly continues to be the driving force of sharing Gene Kelly’s artistry with the world, serving as the Trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and Creative Director of The Gene Kelly Legacy, Inc., as well as being at the helm of Gene Kelly: The Legacy An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly, which has toured the U.S. and abroad.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess had a stellar time speaking with Patricia Ward Kelly in honor of the 70th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain to celebrate the film’s release on 4K Blu-ray and Digital on April 26. Mrs. Kelly spoke about what she and Gene Kelly have learnt from each other – hear what she had to say below.
Check out my VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE roundtable chat with the phenomenal Patricia Ward Kelly below and immerse yourself into the wonder of Singin’ in the Rain out now on 4K Blu-ray and Digital!