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Singin in the rain (1952)

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Singin in the rain (1952)


Gene Kelly
Donald O'Connor
Debbie Reynolds
Jean Hagen
Millard Mitchell

Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen

Singin in the rain is a classic musical in the 50’s that will leave you smiling all through as well as laughing. As the movie commences, you have to hold your breath because you don’t picture it coming out as a classic but as time progresses and some of the acts come into play, this movie takes a shape in your mind leaving behind an imprint that you won’t forget.

Having moderate success in the box office, as it was produced with $ 2.5 Million and it made over $ 7 Million in the box office. This movie became known by critics as one of the best musicals ever made and it stars Gene Kelly, who also directed and provided the choreography for the movie. The movie’s plot featured the transition from silent film to talkies and the reactions of the actors involved, it also features the birth of musical films. Mentions were made of the first talkie The Jazz Singer in 1927.

The movie has a cast of three leads, Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, Donald O'Connor as Cosmo Brown and Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Selden. In 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a Hollywood romantic pair on screen but Lina, however thinks the on-screen romance is real love.

Don with his former partner Cosmo has been together for years and their chase of success led to Don’s rise to fame. Don and Lina's latest film is being transformed into a talkie musical but with Lina being unable to sing and act in talkies Kathy Selden is brought in to help provide the voice for Lina, which was then recorded over Lina’s.

During the movie production Debbie Reynolds faced major criticism from Gene Kelly, because she couldn’t dance. As she was crying away under a piano, the great Fred Astaire (Astaire is named the fifth greatest male actors of all times, and whose dancing is known to have influenced many popular artist including Michael Jackson and Gregory Hines) who took her under his wings and taught her how to dance.

The films famous dance routine which featured Gene Kelly singing the title song, twirling an umbrella and dancing in the rain. Kelly was sick with a fever during the shoot, as he was soaked. The shooting of the dancing scene took 3 days to shoot.

Receiving a 100% approval in Rotten Tomatoes, and rated the best Musical film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI) and is rated 5th greatest movie of all time in the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition). Singin in the rain is a fun movie to watch, the comedy will get to you and make you laugh and the movie has a G rating, making it suitable for everyone.

I will advise you get the DVD of this movie and watch it, as it is enjoyable.


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