Turner Classic Movies and Fathom had a special screening of Singin’ in the Rain for the 65th anniversary of the film. It’s great that films like this get to be seen on the big screen because of them, and it’s a film that needs to be seen. Singin’ in the Rain features some of the best songs in movie history on top of amazing camerawork and performances from Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
Singin’ in the Rain is an amazing feat of filmmaking
The film is about a group of actors from the silent film era who are having to transition into talkies. Gene Kelly is movie star Don Lockwood and is paired with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). Their careers are tied together as the old studio system created, but talkies threaten to wreck their situation. Lina isn’t much of a speaker and her voice definitely doesn’t match her face. Really though Don isn’t a fan of Lina and a chance meeting with Kathy Seldon (Reynolds) sends him towards her.
TCM always includes a little discussion about the film before and sometimes after their movie. Ben Mankiewicz, from TCM, opened Singin’ in the Rain with some interesting facts. The main one being that Debbie Reynolds was not a dancer prior to this film. However, it is impossible to tell that as she stands toe to toe with Gene Kelly during the “Good Morning” number. Not only is that song iconic, but the performance of all three is outstanding.
Of course, Donald O’Connor’s performance of “Make ‘Em Laugh” is amazing and put him in the hospital. Another fact given by Mankiewicz that makes watching the movie all the more compelling. His dancing and singing is so fun and his presence in the film is probably my favorite as he brings the funny. Yet, knowing he ends up in the hospital after his performance is extremely compelling. Of course, Gene Kelly performing the title song, “Singin’ in the Rain” with a fever is pretty impressive, too.
Final thoughts on Singin’ in the Rain
Singin’in the Rain is considered by many to be one of the best movie musicals of all time. There is no question that is a true after viewing this film. The camerawork in the film and the production in general is amazing. Especially considering it was done in 1952. Singin’ in the Rain gets the Must See rating.