Friday, August 23, 2013

100 Words On: Singin’ in the Rain

Where The Artist damned the silent film era with fake praise, professing nostalgia for the worst of its sentimental excesses, Singin’ in the Rain brings the early days of talkies to cheerfully raucous life.

Sure, it gets stuck in the molasses for a few long minutes during co-director/star Gene Kelly’s painfully arty modern dance sequence, but with jubilant slapstick like Donald O’Connor’s Make ‘Em Laugh routine, the chummy chemistry between the two male stars and a baby-faced Debbie Reynolds, and Jean Hagen’s delectably despicable smart/dumb villain, this Adolph Green-Betty Comden cupcake has more smarts, sass and sheer joie de vivre than any two ordinary movies.

Written for The L Magazine

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