Seniors’ Paid Matinee: Singin’ in the Rain
+ intro by Patricia Ward Kelly
Gene Kelly heads up a sparkling cast in the most beloved of all movie musicals. We dare you not to smile…
Dirs Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
With Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
A BFI release
Few pinnacles of creativity are as outrageously enjoyable as Kelly and Donen’s Technicolor love song to Hollywood. Gene Kelly stars as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, in love with chorus girl Kathy (Reynolds), at war with leading lady Lina (Hagen) and desperate to save his career when the arrival of the talkies threatens disaster. Written by the great Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Singin’ easily qualifies as one of the best film comedies – helium-voiced Hagen’s attempts to cope with the newfangled sound technology are belly-laugh funny. But it’s in the musical numbers where the film soars: from the dreamily romantic ‘You Were Meant for Me’ to the sexual tension between Kelly and Charisse in ‘Broadway Melody’ to the iconic title song. Joyous.
Robin Baker, Head Curator
Also available on BFI Player.