Stanley Donen turns 90 this year; For those for whom that name does not ring a bell, he is the last surviving director of Hollywood's "Golden Age". He also is a native of Columbia. He directed such films as "Singin' in the Rain", "On the Town", "Charade" and "Royal Wedding" among many others. Donen worked closely with Gene Kelly and received an honorary Academy Award in 1998.As the above list indicates, he directed several of MGM's musicals from the "Golden Age."
To celebrate Columbia's native son, Historic Columbia and the Nickelodeon Theatre are collaborating on "A Lotta Talent and a Little Luck: A Celebration of Stanley Donen", the umbrella title for several events that will commemorate the occasion. Historic Columbia will conduct a walking tour of Donen's old neighborhood, Hollywood-Rose Hill, at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m on July 26. The tour will include a stop at Donen's childhood home. The walks will be followed by a picnic and DJ in the park at 7 and an outdoor screening of "Singin' in the Rain" at 8. Admission details on this event are available here.
For the next 5 Monday evenings (and Tuesday afternoons), starting July 28, the Nickelodeon will host screenings of some of Donen's classic films with pre-film discussions led by local film experts and enthusiasts. Details of this portion of Donen's retrospective are available here.
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