Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the RainOriginal Title: Singin' in the Rain
Director: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
USA | English
One of the most beloved American entertainers of all time, Gene Kelly truly embodies the word ‘performer’, and in his turns as an actor, director, dancer, choreographer, he revolutionised
both dance and the movies. Singin’ in the Rain
, presented on the occasion of Kelly’s centenary, showcases his many talents. Who can forget the sight of him joyfully swinging from a lamppost under the pouring rain, dancing with his umbrella, and stomping through puddles of water? An exhilarating and visceral depiction of being head over heels in love, it is one of the most universally appealing moments in film history.
Directed by Kelly himself along with Stanley Donen, the film’s self-reflexive lampooning of Hollywood history is one of its hallmarks. It is set in the late 1920s: movies have just started to talk, but the transition from silents to synchronized sound is not easy. Cameras are secured
in soundproof booths, microphones are hidden almost in plain sight, and preview audiences laugh off famous stars when they hear their actual voices. This will surely be the case for shrill-toned Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), silent-film partner of debonair Don Lockwood
(Kelly). As a diversion, the studio hilariously manufactures a romance between their stars, much to Don’s displeasure. He has his eye on Kathy (Debbie Reynolds), the pretty aspiring actress with a great voice. When it looks like the latest Lockwood-Lamont picture is headed for disaster, Don, Kathy and the wisecracking on-set piano player, Cosmo (Donald O’Connor), set out to save the day with a few Arthur Freed songs, some irresistible hoofing and a whole lot of fun.
On the 60th anniversary of its release, Singin’ in the Rain
has been gloriously restored by Warner Bros. in a 4K scan of its master elements, revealing a richness of color, energy and sound that is stunningly bold and playful. This work is indubitably one of the great joys of the cinema, the most uplifting of films, the best movie musical of all time.
– Mohammad Khawaja