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There are so many elements in Michael Jackson's art that allude to previous works, especially in reference to classic cinema. Jackson was a movie lover, and he used that to his advantage, modifying and reinventing elements in his own way. Of course, with another genius of music like McCartney, "Say Say Say" could't be a less brilliant work. •
Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical-romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies". •
When Gene Kelly was hospitalized, Michael Jackson sent him some flowers with a note saying, "I have a surprise waiting you at home..." This surprise was the shoes that Gene Kelly had used in the movie "Singin' in the Rain", bathed in bronze with a sign that said: "You are the best dancer in the world. Love, MJ"
Gene Kelly was one of the artistic idols of Michael Jackson: a dancer, actor, singer, director, producer and choreographer.
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