Singin' in the Rain

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My girlfriend finally forced me to watch this. I've been really interested in it for quite a while. It's one of those rare films that seems to have no detractors. I'd just been putting it off due to my previous experience with musicals. Anyway, I went into this not really knowing how I'd feel, and found myself stunned on more than one occassion. I realize that my attitude towards musicals has been as condescending as most peoples' towards horror movies, and though I don't think I'll ever be a true connoisseur of the genre, I gotta admit - this movie kicks some serious ass.

Anthony (Anthony F), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 16:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, I'm pretty much in the same boat--I hate musicals, but I love "Singin' In The Rain". I think it's the same reason that I like the Busby-Berkeley films as well--they utilize the medium very well, and they're more formalistic cinematic works than standard musicals, which tend to be theatrical pieces captured on film.

The only other musical I like is Godard's anti-musical, "A Woman Is a Woman".

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 16:37 (seventeen years ago) link

I've liked "Singin'" fine since I was a kid, but Donald O'Connor grates occasionally, as does Kelly's robotic smile in closeup. Also, the score is composed mostly of songs that were mostly 10-30 years old at the time...

Among the MGM musicals, there are a number I like better -- Meet Me in St Louis, Gigi, The Band Wagon -- all Vincente Minnelli, all more sophisticated. He utilized the medium damn well (in his non-musicals too).

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 18:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Jay, have you seen Chantal Ackerman's "Window Shopping"/"The 80s" movies?

Casuistry (Chris P), Wednesday, 19 January 2005 10:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Maybe it was also called "Golden Eighties," Chris? I love that movie- very good example of the arty French, or to be precise, Belgian, take on the musical. Good cast too- Delphine Seyrig, Charles Denner along with some cute youngsters.

Ken L (Ken L), Wednesday, 19 January 2005 14:25 (seventeen years ago) link

No, haven't seen any of Chantal Ackerman's work, but it's been on my list (my long, long list...)

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Wednesday, 19 January 2005 15:28 (seventeen years ago) link

but Donald O'Connor grates occasionally


ryan (ryan), Thursday, 20 January 2005 00:20 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
Moses supposes erroneously!

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 00:47 (seventeen years ago) link

That's the only song that didn't exist beforehand and was composed especially for the movie.

Ken L (Ken L), Thursday, 10 March 2005 16:34 (seventeen years ago) link

but Donald O'Connor grates occasionally

It's strange--if I met him on the street I'd probably hit him with a stun baton until he stop breathing. But I loved him in this film.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Thursday, 10 March 2005 16:56 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

this film still brings the lols.

'of course we talk. don't everybody?' slow head turn by kelly, producer, and director.

moron oil (Gukbe), Monday, 28 December 2009 17:54 (twelve years ago) link

Apparently her dubbed voice was actually her real voice.

the embed's too big without you (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 December 2009 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

the MGM musical for ppl who don't like actual great musicals

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Monday, 28 December 2009 18:00 (twelve years ago) link

that'd be me.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 00:55 (twelve years ago) link

hey morbs! so how are people that like this film ignorant of what makes the 'actual great' musicals great because of what this film lacks?

moron oil (Gukbe), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 02:09 (twelve years ago) link

I'll get back to you when I deconstruct that.

The comedy is OK, the plot is silly and the songs are warmed over. It's very good, but not a patch on V Minnelli's best.

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:12 (twelve years ago) link

oh, the dancing's great obv -- the component of musicals that least interests me.

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:13 (twelve years ago) link

You're acquainted with musicals with un-silly plots?

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:14 (twelve years ago) link

well it's not TRANSCENDENTLY silly! like say, Love Me Tonight.

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

I wouldn't call Meet Me in St. Louis a silly plot.

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:17 (twelve years ago) link

dancing's great obv -- the component of musicals that least interests me

I'm not afraid to say if you have no interest in dancing, you are automatically less qualified to judge musicals.

queen frostine (Eric H.), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

You're acquainted with musicals with un-silly plots?


High, Wide, and Handsome
Hallelujah I'm A Bum!
Les chansons d'amour
Cheryomushki (Cherry Town)
Dancer in the Dark
West Side Story
The Pajama Game

And that's to leave out backstage musicals and Bollywood (which kinda sorta doesn't count). I'd include these under 'silly' but most would disagree:

All That Jazz
Pennies From Heaven

Kevin John Bozelka, Sunday, 3 January 2010 10:40 (twelve years ago) link

E, I did not say NO interest in dancing!

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 January 2010 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

best movie ever made

Davek (davek_00), Friday, 21 January 2011 01:11 (eleven years ago) link

damn near it

Only issues i have with it echo morbs- o'connor a little irksome at times, kelly's autosmile, and the moses song is awful.

Everything else is perfect.

Achillean Heel (darraghmac), Friday, 21 January 2011 11:16 (eleven years ago) link

six years pass...

There's no more chilling study of obsessive-compulsive self-destructive behavior in cinema than Donald O'Connor's 'Make 'Em Laugh' number.

While destroying his body, he merrily relates how this sickness has been transmitted to him through generations (father, grandfather).

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Friday, 28 April 2017 16:07 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

An anarchist watches singing in the rain

Then a cop turns up and ruins it.

— Restive Season (@MediocreDave) December 25, 2020

xyzzzz__, Friday, 25 December 2020 14:27 (one year ago) link

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