Charlie Chaplin was a pioneer in the early days of Hollywood and became the most recognized face on the planet with a career spanning 40 years.
Gene Kelly was the most creative and athletic dancer of his time and pushed the boundaries of dance on film.
Steve Jobs revolutionized digital entertainment with technological innovation and pushing a major shift in media consumption by breaking the hold of the music and movie moguls.
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A great story I found of how Gene continues to inspire new generations: By Rod Dreher in the August 9th issue of the American Conservative.com
A couple of weeks ago, we watched An American In Paris as a
family. Tonight the boys and I watched On The Town tonight. After it was over,
Lucas, who is nine, said, “I want to see every movie Gene Kelly ever made!” I told him that sometime this weekend, we
would watch Singin’ In The Rain, which is Gene Kelly’s most famous movie. “I think I’ve heard of that,” he said. “Come see this,” I said, and showed him the
clip above. It dazzled him. Lucas said,
“It’s hard to believe somebody like that died.” Which, after a second or two, I
realized might be just about the best thing that anybody could say about Gene
Kelly, or anybody: that you were so full of life that it seemed only right that
you should live forever. Look what I
found just now. Gene Kelly, the quintessential American, was a Francophile who
spoke French. Good man!:
UPDATE.2: Look what just came in the e-mail:
Dear Mr. Dreher,
A Google Alert this
morning directed me to your lovely piece about my late husband Gene Kelly. I
smiled when I read your son’s comment about Gene’s death.
I feel the same way. I
am often on panels with filmmakers who say that young people don’t have any
attention span and that you need to dumb things down – hype them up – in order
to make them appealing to kids. I disagree completely and your son’s response
to the films is a good example of why. Instead, I think you have to do what
Gene did – make something of quality that is both contemporary and timeless.
By the way, Gene also
spoke Yiddish and pretty fair Italian. He read Latin, wrote poetry and often
read a book a day.
Good man is right!
Isn’t that marvelous? I can’t tell my children what to like,
but what I can do is expose them to the greats, and hope that their imagination
is captured. My son Lucas is athletically and musically inclined, so I’m not
surprised that he is fascinated by Gene Kelly … but I am delighted. Thanks to
Mrs. Kelly for this generous note. He read Latin and spoke Yiddish! Can you
imagine? How great it would have been to have known him.