Modern Hollywood musicals like Les Miserables ‘don’t compare’ to classics because directors care more about A-list names and special effects than talent, Gene Kelly’s widow has said.Patricia Kelly – the actor’s third wife who was 46 years his junior - said today’s film musicals were also let down by the casting of ‘two-dimensional’ Hollywood stars.‘Part of the problem is you may have someone who can dance but they can’t sing and they can’t act, and they certainly don’t have a sense of what the camera is doing,’ she said.
Don't compare: Patricia Kelly - the widow of Hollywood legend Gene Kelly - says modern day musicals are not the same quality as those from the Golden Age of cinema
Asked what she thought of films like Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, she said: ‘I wish Gene were around because I think the problem is that people don’t quite know how to make a musical any more.‘People say you have to dumb it down like an MTV show to make people interested. I don’t think that’s right. I still see children as young as two or three right up to 80-year-olds who are glued to the screen for two and a half hours for Singin’ In The Rain.‘Gene used just one camera. Now you have people using eight cameras and lots of different shots. People get so caught up in the technology, but when you cut it up you lose the impact.‘You don’t need trickery when the dance itself is exquisite.’Mrs Kelly said her late husband and his colleagues like Fred Astaire ‘had something’ that is missing from modern cinema:‘When they made Gene they broke the mould.’
Age gap: Patricia was Gene's third wife and 46 years his junior
She also added that Gene could sing, dance, act, direct, work a camera and speak several languages.‘These [modern] movies are packed with A-list stars. Some of them are not dancers or singers but they are names,’ she added.But she did praise Hugh Jackman, who stars as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, for having a ‘humility’ and ‘charm’ similar to old Hollywood stars.
Broke the mould: Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in Singin' In The Rain
Mrs Kelly, 54, said big film companies needed to stop making films ‘out of Broadway shows’ and create something original. ‘You see people doing it for money,’ she said. ‘These film companies are owned by big business guys, they don’t have any interest in art.’She revealed that after Singin’ In The Rain was released, MGM Studios destroyed all the material related to the film, including musical scores, scripts and outtakes.The scores had to be painstakingly reconstructed for the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, which will played along live with a screening of the film at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month.Mrs Kelly was Gene’s third wife and was 46 years his junior. Since he died in 1996, she has devoted her life to keeping his legacy going and tours around the world speaking about his work.
Multi-talented: Patricia speaks of Gene's ability to direct, sing, act, dance and play a big role on all his movies
Praise: Patricia does speak highly of Hugh Jackman for having a 'humility' and 'charm' similar to old Hollywood stars
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