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Widow reveals Gene Kelly's Cold War mission for JFK

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We tend to over-use words like "legend" "genius" and "star". Gene Kelly is all of those and more, Singin' in the Rain (the movie) one of the best experiences you'll ever have in your movie-going life, and then there's the title song itself, four minutes plus of the purest cinematic heaven ever committed to a movie screen.

All that, plus Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Jean Hagen.

Cold War? Troubles? Not when you watch Singin' in the Rain.

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"Gene saw his role as going out into the world and not only sharing the style of dance he created, but also breaking down barriers and expanding our ability to communicate. I wish he was around now," she said."

I second that.

Big Yen writes: "We tend to over-use words like "legend" "genius" and "star". Gene Kelly is all of those and more."

And I second that.

An amazing artist and, for once, a rare breed in the arts, like Sean Connery - a mans man.

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I could go on forever on how talented this was. When he got up on that piano in An American in Paris, my jaw dropped. And 'I got Rhythm', that was awesome, and I have to wonder how he kept those kids interested the entire time. And Singing in Rain's 'Moses Supposes' Has to be remembered as just really cool, it reminded me that the rhythm today is still the same as yesterday. And finally, his use of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in an American in Paris may have been the most controversial, but certainly the most heart grasping; as he used it to express his love relationship, heartbreak and restoration. Absolutely brilliant artist for his generation and any other for that matter, or we wouldn't be talking about him today.

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