In December, we salute one of the American cinema’s most exuberant entertainers, dancer, actor, choreographer and director Gene Kelly. Our tribute will consist of screenings of two of Kelly’s very best vehicles, starting with It’s Always Fair Weather, Kelly and co-director Stanley Donen’s acerbically witty 1955 follow-up to On the Town and Singin’ in the Rain. Filmed in dazzling CinemaScope and color, It’s Always Fair Weather will screen in an original 35mm print. Plus, Kelly is teamed with Rita Hayworth, Phil Silvers and Eve Arden in the 1944 Technicolor Columbia musical Cover Girl. A magnificent new 4K restoration of Cover Girl will be shown.

  • Fri., Dec. 8 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Kelly, Dailey and Michael Kidd are WWII buddies who are reunited for a television program 10 years later by leggy producer Charisse. This exuberant, satirical and very funny musical comes from the  directors and screenwriters (Betty Comden & Adolph Green) of Singin’ in the Rain. Kelly’s legendary number on roller skates is just one of the highlights – don’t miss your chance to see it in its original 35mm CinemaScope format!

  • Fri., Dec. 15 | 7:00 PM
    4070 Vilas Hall

Nightclub dancer Rusty (Hayworth) becomes a popular magazine model, which puts a strain on her romance with hoofing partner Danny (Kelly). On loan from MGM to Columbia, Kelly brought his charismatic dancing and acting talents to this Technicolor triumph, one of the performer’s most entertaining vehicles which also features priceless comic hijinks from Silvers and Eve Arden. A gorgeous, eye-popping new 4K restoration from Sony Pictures will be shown.