Singin' in the Rain
One of the shining glories of the American musical, this 1952 feature was fabricated (by screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green) around a collection of old songs written by producer Arthur Freed and brought to bright, brash, and exuberant life by directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.
The setting is Hollywood's troubled transition to sound, and there is just enough self-reflexive content (on the eternal battle between illusion and reality in the movies) to structure the film's superb selection of numbers.
The tone ranges from the lyrical (the title number) to the burlesque ("Moses Supposes") to the epic ("Broadway Melody"), but through it all runs a celebration of movement as emotion.
Kelly's costars include Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, and Rita Moreno.
Science on Screen: Compelling films paired with lively talks by experts in science, technology and medicine.
Speaker: Nina Kleinberg's passion for film began in the late sixties. She attended the University of Southern California for graduate studies in cinema and worked in the film industry for about ten years before moving to the Pioneer Valley in 1988. Nina has hosted several film series at Amherst Cinema, including Film School in 60 Minutes in 2015, Out Of This World! Classic 1950s Science Fiction Movies in 2016, and Print the Legend: Classic American Westerns in 2019.
Topic: When the movies started to talk: The technology of the transition from silents to talkies.
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