Thursday, August 23, 2012


Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the 50's musical Singin' In The Rain, and it was being shown in select theaters across the country so you  could experience it on the big screen.  Over the years I've seen snippets of the famous Gene Kelly dance that goes with the title, and probably somewhere along the way saw the whole dance, but I can't say I'd ever seen the movie.  So I went.

What did I think of it?  I liked it.  Times were different back then, and its reflected in the movie.   There's an innocence about it that's nice to see.   The female dancers danced suggestively using mainly their shoulders as the primary body part other than their legs...meaning no gyrating torso movement.  There was laugh-out-loud comedy, thank you Donald O'Connor, and lots of singing and dancing.  I do have to say though the movie also reflects the era in that there were no ethnic performers.  Well, unless you count one scene depicting the white actors in blackface makeup.  I'm used to seeing the diversity of today's movies, and when one or two scenes scanned the audience, it was a sea of white faces.  Again, a sign of the times.

This one-day presentation was put on by Fathom Events.  Go to their website and check out what's on the schedule.  I'm looking forward to the 50th anniversary showing of The Birds in September.   Will it be as suspenseful and scary as it was back in the 60's?  I hope so!


suz said...

That was a very good movie, and the dancing was superb. I'd like to see more feel-good funny movies again. Makes it fun to go to the movies. And, yes, a little diversity is good.

Leann said...

I loved this movie, I've seen it many times :-)

Thank you for all of the kind words while I was in my 'funk'. I'm better now and would love to take you up on your offer of embroidery. I've not done anything along those lines in SO long. I have cross stitch patterns but gave all of my thread to my Mom :-)

Please let me know how I can get my address to you :-)