Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain ★★★★★

"Singin' in the Rain" was made at a time when musicals were ten-a-penny in Hollywood. But with the benefit of hindsight, and in a time when films of its genre are now considered something of a novelty, it is seen as one of, if not the, best films of the musical genre - as well as one of the best films of all time. In many ways it is a perfect example of the musical form: it is not over two hours long, nor does it contain more that ten songs. Some may see these as shortcomings, while others will rejoice in the fact that its lack of complexity heightens its memorability.

A loving tribute to the days when films were pure escapism and still had intertitles, "Singin' in the Rain" provides a picture of the turmoil that ensues when a major studio makes the transition from silents to talkies, and the lives of a matinee idol, his musician friend and aspiring actress love interest are caught up in the goings-on. However, his nightmarish regular screen partner is on hand to ruin the proceedings in an intelligently witty comic masterpiece.

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