Stanley Donen, You Just Do It
Year : 2010
Running time : 52 min
Channel : Ciné Cinéma
Donen started at MGM as a choreographer and dancer. His first chance to direct an entire movie was an adaptation of the Comden and Green musical about sailors on leave in New York, On The Town (1949), with some songs by Leonard Bernstein, which Donen co-directed with Gene Kelly. This was the first movie musical to be filmed on location.
With Gene Kelly again, Stanley Donen co-directed Singin' in the Rain (1952) and by himself directed such classics as Royal Wedding (1951) where Donen directed Fred Astaire dancing on a ceiling; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) with Jane Powell and Howard Keel ; Funny Face (1957) with Fred Astaire and Audrey, Pagama Game (1957) with Doris Day, Indiscreet (1958) with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, Damn Yankees (1958) with Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston.
Donen went on to direct a variety of films. These included the comedy thriller Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary, the sequel to Charade, Arabesque a box office success starring Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck and Two for the Road (1967) a drama with Hepburn and Albert Finney.
"For me directing is like having sex: when it's good, it's very good; but when it's bad, it's still good." Stanley Donen