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Singin’ in the Rain is one of my all-time favorite movies. It is a feel-good movie set against the twenties glamorous looking Hollywood. This movie celebrates the joy of filmmaking, love and friendship. It is simultaniously a buddy comedy and a romcom.
In the movie Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) and Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) are silent movie stars at the break of the transition into talking movies. The studio is faced with a problem of how to make a musical with an actress who is a triple-threat (can’t act nor sing nor dance)? And whose speaking voice is higher than Mickey Mouse’s on helium. With a cunning use of a lovely unknown actress – of course – who can do all the above and then some.
Singin’ in the Rain has been quoted as the best Hollywood musical ever made and I agree. The transitions between dialogue and dance / musical numbers are seamless. This is the first musical where the songs were actually incorporated into the plot in the way that they enhance the characters’ emotions instead of being a separate part of the movie.
The most famous scene of the movie is “Singin’ in the Rain.” Gene Kelly once said when asked about how he was going to approach this scene: “It’s going to be raining and I’m going to be singing. I am going to have a glorious feeling and I am going to be happy again.” As easy as that!
Gene Kelly holds such a charisma that during the dance numbers you cannot take your eyes away from him. He co-directed and choreographed the movie. So it’s no wonder that Singin’ in the Rain is considered by many to be Kelly’s masterpiece. Donald O’Connor as Cosmo delivers fantastic slapstick comedy especially in the “Make ‘Em Laugh” number. He went on to win the 1952 Golden Globe award for “Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy” for his performance. Debbie Reynolds as Kathy was only 19 years old at the time of filming “Singin’ in the Rain”. Gene Kelly, whose character falls in love with her character in the movie, was 40 years old at the time. But who’s judging, as I cannot get bored of this movie and will keep it close to my DVD.