Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain ★★★★

If you had to choose a single sequence that expresses the American musical of the golden years, it would certainly be the one in which Gene Kelly - returning home on foot - is surprised by a downpour. Instead of seeking shelter, his character dances among the lighted street lamps, pirouettes under a gutter, performs a tip-tap in front of the windows of some shops, and finally - with a playful air - jumps into the puddles that flood the street. Singin’ in the Rain is a nostalgic re-enactment of that transition period that leads from silent to sound cinema, articulated on the notes of bright and colorful musical fantasies masterfully interpreted by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. The film - directed by Kelly himself together with Stanley Donen - is in all likelihood the most accomplished musical ever, certainly the epitome of the best Hollywood tradition of the genre. A flawless choreographic, narrative and visual mechanism in which the musical moments are perfectly integrated with a story that constitutes an ironic reflection on the history of Cinema and more generally on the relationship between reality and fiction.

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