Singin' In The Rain review

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Released in 1952, Singin' in the Rain is universally acknowledged to be one of the greatest musicals of all time. Co-directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, this film has been referred to as "MGM's Technicolor Musical Treasure”, and has won and been nominated for a selection of awards, including two Oscars, two Golden Globes, and a BAFTA Film Award, amongst others. The film provides a humorous example of the struggle in 1920’s Hollywood, during the transition from silent film to the Talkies, and the problems that many silent film stars faced as they had to use their voices on film for the very first time. It touches on the experiences of fictitious on-screen Hollywood golden couple, charming Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and deceivingly glamorous Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). The emerging talking pictures are creating a stir amongst the studio bosses at ‘Lockwood & Lamont’, as new films such as ‘The Jazz Singer’ head straight for success, putting the silent film actors in jeopardy, such as Lina, with her shrill, screechy accent, which is obviously unsuitable for film. Just as it seems that all hope is lost, Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor), Don’s best friend, realises that Don’s girlfriend, young aspiring actress Kathy Selden’s (Debbie Reynolds) voice would be perfect for dubbing over Lina’s in the studio’s first musical, ‘The Dancing Cavalier’. Singin’ In The Rain is an enchanting film that sweeps you up with its story, the iconic songs, and the flawless choreography from Gene Kelly . Watching Singin’ In The Rain, you can get lost in the setting. The music, the dance, the colours, the clothes. Everything is so obviously crafted with great care, by people with extensive knowledge and experience in the subject matter, and a passion for what they were doing.

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