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Singing In The Rain

Singin' In The Rain [U]

Runtime: 108 mins

Genre: Musical

Distributor: Park Circus Films

<b>Director: Dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. USA. 1952. 102 mins.</b> <br/><br/> Hollywood’s troubled transition from silent to talking pictures at the end of the 1920s provided the inspiration for perhaps the greatest of movie musicals. <br/><br/> “The most enduring film musical to have come out of Hollywood. In all these years not a frame of it has dated; it still retains all its freshness and sparkle.” Clive Hirschhorn, Gene Kelly: A Biography, 1984 <br/><br/> To follow the acclaim for An American in Paris, which won him the 1951 Oscar for best picture, songwriter-turned-producer Arthur Freed charged screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green with writing a musical based around some of his own most popular early songs. The result was a nostalgic tribute to the Hollywood of a bygone era starring Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, the swashbuckling silent star at a film studio grappling with the coming of sound. <br/><br/> From the iconic scene in which Lockwood, smitten with young actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), dances home during a downpour singing the title song, to the extended ballet sequence featuring Cyd Charisse in a parody of the gangster film, Singin’ in the Rain represents the musical genre at its most energetic and ambitious. <br/><br/>

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