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Singin' in the Rain

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Sixty years after its release, Singin' in the Rain (1951) remains one of the best loved films ever made. Yet despite dazzling success with the public, it never received its fair share of critical analysis. Gene Kelly's genius as a performer is undeniable. Acknowledged less often is his innovatory contribution as director. Peter Wollen's illuminating study of Singin' in the ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by British Film Institute (first published December 27th 1992)
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My first introduction to "Singing In The Rain" was when Alex was raping a woman in "A Clockwork Orange." My second visit to "Singing..." is Peter Wollen's small book length study of the Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen film. Strange enough, for a hardcore cinema fan like myself I have never ever seen this film. Yes, I have seen every Fred Astaire movie at least twice, but "Singing In The Rain" never! Yet, that didn't stop me from enjoying this critical adventure into the world of Gene Kelly.

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John Norman
Interesting book. The first two chapters are very dutiful about the way the movie grafts dance history into film, but:

(1) Pretty much neglects the overt silent -> talkie story, and its meaning;
(2) While narrating the political context of Kelly's relationship to HUAC etc., doesn't delve into the film's politics;
(3) Makes a very lite "theoretical" intervention into the film (using Derridean language but with no investment).

On the whole, a most read, but more for context than for changing your m
After reading Salman Rushdie's outstanding BFI Film Classic monograph on The Wizard of Oz, this was a mild disappointment -- although by no means a bad book. Peter Wollen starts with a quite good shot-by-shot analysis of the Gene Kelly dance to the title tune. Then we get some history about the making of the movie, followed by some new-to-me material regarding the role of the 1950s anti-communist blacklist in the careers of the cast and crew, including Gene Kelly. It's the author's theory that t ...more
Well I read the script and I'm in the show but as part of the show we have to do theory lessons so in order to do my theory lessons on monday I have to read the book so I was very stressed out thinking that this book wouldn't be fun to read but now I am hooked and I had to struggle myself to write about it right now but I just had to tell my friends about it!

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Totally biased! Love this movie and love the book. Short little bio and interesting dissection on the styles.
Richard Downey
a classic book on a classic film.
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