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An Evening with George Chakiris

November 16, 2013 @ 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive salutes the extraordinary career of actor, singer and dancer George Chakiris in this exciting screening and discussion. Trained in Los Angeles, Chakiris first distinguished himself as a dancer in Hollywood films, displaying an athleticism and grace that helped bring renown to West Coast dance styles. Best known for his Academy Award-winning performance in West Side Story (1961), Chakiris has enjoyed a multi-faceted, international career on stage, screen and television. Tonight’s program assembles a selection of his sparkling television appearances drawn from the Archive’s holdings, including excerpts from “The Garry Moore Show” (1961), “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show” (1962) and “The Andy Williams Show” (1967), followed by a screening of Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), foregrounding Chakiris’ command of song, dance…and our attention.

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“The Young Girls of Rochefort” (France, 1967)
Directed by Jacques Demy

Filmmaker Jacques Demy’s delightful feature offers a sparkling score by Michel Legrand and a brilliant ensemble cast, featuring George Chakiris as one of two traveling “carnies” who have come to provincial Rochefort to present a show. This framework, and the story’s multiple romantic subplots, offer ample opportunity for lyrical singing and sweeping displays of jazz dance, with Chakiris providing a bright and powerful presence.

Producer: Mag Bodard. Screenwriter: Jacques Demy. Cinematographer: Ghislain Cloquet. Editor: Jean Hamon. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Francoise Dorleac, Gene Kelly, Danielle Darrieux.
35mm, color, French with English subtitles, 124 min.


Preceded by:
Selected television clips (approx. 30 min. total), including:

“The Garry Moore Show” (CBS, 10/17/61)

“The Dinah Shore Chevy Show” (NBC, 2/23/62)

“The ANdy Williams Show” (NBC, 1/22/67)

IN PERSON: George Chakiris; Debra Levine, dance critic.


November 16, 2013
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States