Singin’ in the Rain
Dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly
USA 1952 | Colour | 102 mins | Cert U | Hollywood Classics | Musical
Cast: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds
Singin' in the Rain is probably the most treasured musical in the history of cinema. It is essentially a satire on the dawning age of talking pictures, but that description doesn't begin to describe its importance in the hearts of film lovers. Given its origins – producer Arthur Freed wanted a framework on which to hang a selection of the hits he'd written in the early part of his career with Nacio Herb Brown – it should have been an uncomfortable melange of a picture. But somehow, with its combination of endearing performances, a razor-sharp script by Adolph Green and Betty Comden, inspired direction from Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and a dazzling array of show-stopping song and dance sequences, Singin' in the Rain remains a triumphant and exhilarating cinema experience.
Available on: DCP, 35mm
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