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Musicals!

I Love Melvin

Singin’ in the Rain’s Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor are reunited in this heart-warming story of ambition.

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USA 1953
Dir Don Weis
With Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel, Richard Anderson
77min
35mm
Certificate U

With charm and invention by the bucketload, Singin’ in the Rain’s Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor are reunited in the story of a chorus girl who dreams of becoming a star. Reynolds is in her element, apparently unfazed by the film’s more surreal elements as she dances with multiple Fred Astaires and Gene Kellys and gets to play the part of a human football!

Robin Baker

Screening on a 35mm Technicolor dye transfer print from the BFI National Archive.

Also available on BFI Player.

This short film will be presented before the following screenings of I Love Melvin - Mon 28 Oct 18:00 NFT2 and Mon 25 Nov 18:15 NFT3

Busby Berkeleyland
BBC 2019. Written and voiced by Robin Baker. Digital. 5min
How three films revolutionised the movie musical and brought sex and spectacle to the big screen.
Robin Baker, Head Curator BFI National Archive & BFI Musicals! programmer explores how three films from 1933 revolutionised the movie musical and brought sex and spectacle to the big screen: 42nd Street, Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1933, all choreographed by the pioneering and highly influential filmmaker Busby Berkeley.



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