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April Classic Movie Matinee: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Apr 17, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us the 3rd Tuesday of every month for a classic movie matinee and popcorn in the meeting room. All films start at 12 p.m.! April’s selection is the beloved Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds musical, Singin’ in the Rain.
“Singin’ in the Rain is, in the opinion of most contemporary film critics, one of the great movies of the sound era. The mere mention of its title brings a smile to the face of every movie lover, regardless of age. Its central image, that of Gene Kelly joyfully dancing and hanging exuberantly from a lamppost during a downpour, has come to exemplify not only the best of the M-G-M musical but also the high point, the full flowering of the American musical genre.
…The co-direction by Stanley Donen and the film’s star Gene Kelly distills the essence of all the performance styles out of which the musical comedy genre emerged: Vaudeville, revue, ballet, tap and jazz dancing—all of which were combined with rare precision and fused perfectly in Singin’ in the Rain. The performances of the leads (especially Jean Hagen’s nasally vacuous “Lina Lamont”), the singing, dancing, production numbers, the dialogue, the pacing, energy and the overall joy and exuberance of the movie are what makes Singin’ in the Rain one of the great films. It’s a picture that can be seen over and over again with no loss of its high spirits, its good nature, its wit, humor, energy and imagination. It is, in the words of New York Times film critic Vincent Canby: “. . . an always youthful, joyously indestructible . . . Hollywood masterpiece.” – from Criterion.com