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Singin' in the Rain [1952 film] by Gene…

Singin' in the Rain [1952 film]

by Gene Kelly (Director), Betty Comden (Screenwriter), Stanley Donen (Director), Adolph Green (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Nacio Herb Brown (Composer), Cyd Charisse (Actor), Jeanne Coyne (Dancer), Arthur Freed (Producer), Jean Hagen (Actor)5 more, Gene Kelly (Actor), Millard Mitchell (Actor), Donald O'Connor (Actor), Debbie Reynolds (Actor), Harold Rosson (Director of Photography)

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A pair of silent movie stars make the transition to talkies.

My wife and I had been dreading watching this movie. Turns out it's one of the best movies from the 1950s that we've seen. They don't take it for granted that singing and dancing is entertaining in itself. It's funny, and the dancing is delightful and impressive, incorporating a lot of Vaudeville-style gags. All that's missing is the Muppets. I guess I should give Hollywood musicals a chance, and stop judging them based on stage musicals and bad Disney movies.

Concept: D
Story: C
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: A
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: C
Acting: B
Music: A

Enjoyment: A

GPA: 2.8/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 9, 2016 |
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds
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  shamela | Jan 17, 2007 |
Pure deligt. The songs, the dances, the plot. The costumes has more to do with the fifties than with the twenties. But, why care about that? This movie puts you in a very good mood. ( )
  isiswardrobe | Mar 20, 2006 |
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Kelly, GeneDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Comden, BettyScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Donen, StanleyDirectormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, AdolphScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, Nacio HerbComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Charisse, CydActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coyne, JeanneDancersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freed, ArthurProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hagen, JeanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, GeneActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitchell, MillardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, DonaldActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reynolds, DebbieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosson, HaroldDirector of Photographysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Decades before the Hollywood film industry became famous for megabudget disaster and science fiction spectaculars, the studios of Southern California (and particularly Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) were renowned for a uniquely American (and nearly extinct) kind of picture known as The Musical. Indeed, when the prestigious British film magazine Sight & Sound conducts its international critics poll in the second year of every decade, this 1952 MGM picture is the American musical that consistently ranks among the 10 best movies ever made. It's not only a great song-and-dance piece starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and a sprightly Debbie Reynolds; it's also an affectionately funny insider spoof about the film industry's uneasy transition from silent pictures to "talkies." Kelly plays debonair star Don Lockwood, whose leading lady Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) has a screechy voice hilariously ill-suited to the new technology (and her glamorous screen image). Among the musical highlights: O'Connor's knockout "Make 'Em Laugh"; the big "Broadway Melody" production number; and, best of all, that charming little title ditty in which Kelly makes movie magic on a drenched set with nothing but a few puddles, a lamppost, and an umbrella. --Jim Emerson

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"Silent movies are giving way to talking pictures, and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his buddy, prospective ladylove and shrewish co-star"--Container.

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