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‘Singin' In The Rain’ At 60

It’s an American classic we may need again now.

Singin' In The Rain. (Universal Studios)

Singin’ In The Rain. (Universal Studios)

Guests

Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune.

Carrie Rickey, film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jeanine Basinger, chair of the film studies department at Wesleyan University

Patricia Kelly, author and widow of Gene Kelly

From Tom’s Reading List

Time “A few months ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid its highest tribute — Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay — to The Artist, a French valentine to movies back in the antique days of the late 1920s, when silent pictures gave way to talking pictures. Michel Hazanavicius’ film deserved all those huzzahs, but we’ll have to wait 60 years to see if The Artist qualifies as a true screen immortal.”

Monsters and Critics “Singin’ In The Rain is a perfect movie. It has everything the audience could want and more. The music is memorable, fun, and upbeat. O’Connor and Kelly keep the laughs coming a mile a minute (O’Connor’s “Make Them Laugh” song will have you rolling on the floor), and every romance element is there with the natural chemistry between Kelly and Reynolds.”

The New York Times “Martha Graham choreographed as a way to keep dancing, but Kelly danced in order to choreograph. It’s not exactly the image many of us have of Kelly, whose defining and deceptively casual approach centered on virility and athleticism. He embodied a new ideal of the American male dancer that contrasted with Fred Astaire’s debonair elegance. Kelly’s elegance was carefree.”

Video: I’m Singing In The Rain

From “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Video: Make ‘Em Laugh

From “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Video: Good Morning

From “Singin’ in the Rain.”

 

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