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Singin in the Rain (BFI Film Classics)

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Forty Years after it first appeared, Singin' in the Rain remains one of the best loved films ever made. Yet despite dazzling success with the public, it never received its fair share of praise from the critics. Gene Kelly's genius as a performer is there for all to see. What is less acknowledged is his innovatory contribution as director. Peter Wollen has finally done justice to this landmark film. In a brilliant shot-by-shot analysis of the famous title number, illustrated by specially produced frame stills, he shows how skillfully Kelly binds the dance and musical elements into the narrative, and how he successfully combines two distinctive traditions within American Dance, tap and ballet.

Scriptwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and indeed Kelly himself, were all under threat from the McCarthyism which menaced Hollywood at this time. The ethos in which the film was conceived could not long survive in the era of blacklisting. Wollen argues convincingly that Singin' in the Rain was the high point in the careers of those who worked on it.

Synopsis:

Forty years after it first appeared, Singin' in the Rain remains one of the best loved films ever made. Yet despite dazzling success with the public it never received its fair share of praise from the critics. Gene Kelly's genius as a performer is there for all to see. What is less often acknowledged in his innovatory contribution as director. Peter Wollen has finally done justice to this landmark film. In a brilliant shot by shot analysis of he famous title number, he shows how skilfully produced frame stills, he shows how skilfully Kelly binds the dance and musical elements into the narrative, and successfully combines two distinctive traditions within American dance, tap and ballet.

About the Author

Peter Wollen teaches film at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent feature film is Friendship's Death and for television Images of Atlantis. His latest critical collection is Raiding the Ice-box: Reflections on Twentieth Century Culture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780851703510
Other:
Wollen, Peter
Publisher:
British Film Institute
Author:
Wollen, Peter
Location:
London :
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Singin' in the rain
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video, History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Video - Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
BFI Film Classics (Paperback)
Series Volume:
52-20
Publication Date:
19921227
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
7.52 x 5.39 x 0.23 in

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"Synopsis" by , Forty years after it first appeared, Singin' in the Rain remains one of the best loved films ever made. Yet despite dazzling success with the public it never received its fair share of praise from the critics. Gene Kelly's genius as a performer is there for all to see. What is less often acknowledged in his innovatory contribution as director. Peter Wollen has finally done justice to this landmark film. In a brilliant shot by shot analysis of he famous title number, he shows how skilfully produced frame stills, he shows how skilfully Kelly binds the dance and musical elements into the narrative, and successfully combines two distinctive traditions within American dance, tap and ballet.
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