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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…

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USA 1952
Dirs Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
With Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen
Certificate U
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

See the Singin’ in the Rain Launch Evening, or our Relaxed screening as well as other screenings of this film. The screening on Thu 24 Oct 20:20 will also be introduced by Patricia Ward Kelly.

See our Gene Kelly and our Stanley Donen focus, part of our Musicals! season.

Also available on BFI Player.


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