How did Gene Kelly feel about Xanadu?

In the biography The Films of Gene Kelly, Song and Dance Man, his only quote about Xanadu is: “The concept was marvelous, but it just didn’t come off.”

Did Gene Kelly do his own skating in Xanadu?

Gene was 67, nearly 68, when he shot Xanadu. A very adept skater – on ice and roller skates – he did his own skating for the picture. A lot of things upset him about the movie and one he pointed out to me was the fact that, instead of filming him full-figure, they cut off his legs in a lot of the shots.

What is special about Xanadu?

One of the very greatest films ever made. It’s about the folly of man. The most outrageous film ever made? Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece shows us how the eponymous Charles Foster Kane came to build his Xanadu, a stately pleasure-dome that acts as a monument to his dreams.

Did Olivia Newton-John roller skate in Xanadu?

The roller skating is one of the more confusing aspects of the film. After the movie’s intro, Olivia Newton John roller skates through the park where she slides right up to our main character, Sonny Malone, played by The Warriors star Michael Beck.

Which Muse is Kira?

Muse Clio
In the musical, Kira is the Muse Clio, not Terpsichore.

Where was Xanadu filmed?

Palisades Park, Malibu, California, USA (Kira first kisses Sonny.) Malibu Pier, Malibu, California, USA (Sonny falls into water.) Fiorucci Store, Beverly Hills, California, USA (Gene Kelly dance scene.) Venice Boardwalk, Venice, California, USA (The muse mural.)

Where is the Xanadu mural?

Venice Beach
The mural was a fake wall built in an alley in Venice Beach, California. It is located between 325 and 405 Ocean Front Walk. A typical (pre-COVID) look at Venice Beach near Paloma Avenue.

Does the city of Xanadu still exist?

The Site of Xanadu was abandoned in 1430. The large archaeological site now generally covered by grassland preserves the overall urban plan and city site of Xanadu as built and used in the 13th and 14th centuries.

How was Xanadu destroyed?

Xanadu was destroyed by rebels when the Mongols were thrown out of China in 1368. No visitors arrived here for almost 600 years until the 1930s when the Japanese took an interest after they had seized Manchuria – Xanadu was right on the border. Then came communist rule and another period of limbo.