One of the things I want to do is to remake that unforgettable scene of Gene Kelly hoofing it in the rain in, what else, “Singin’ In the Rain.” I would love to remake just that classic scene with me as Don, letting out my inner Gene Kelly. Oh the dream to at least believe that I have an ounce of Gene Kelly in me! I might just do it soon. Put it right before a film or something.
I remember the first time I saw this film back in high school and it took me aback, hit me right at the chest and just wondered how amazing cinema really, truly is! The film itself is on my list of favorite movies of all time and it saddens me that the current generation snubs classic films. Most of my non-collaborative friends don’t even have one single classic DVD on their shelves!
Everyone thinks “Moulin Rouge” is a classic when Baz Luhrmann himself admitted he stole everything from this film. (Maybe that’s why I have more of an appreciation for “Chicago” because it actually tries new things and the music is far better. The show itself, its music and its book, is near flawless and timeless.)
Arthur Freed, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly are geniuses in my book. It saddens me than no one makes movies like this anymore. Not musicals per se, but just films that have such life, grandeur, humor and a real sense of joy. A true cinematic experience in every sense of the word. Every filmmaker should have this film readily available in their heads for reference in terms of sound, cinematography and direction. This is a must for any filmmaker.
No one who loves movies can afford to miss “Singin’ In the Rain.” but you don’t have to take my word for it. http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/greatmovies/singing.html
Roger Ebert is so right. In 1952, the movie was advertised with the slogan “That Glorious Feeling.”
Today, that slogan still stands.