August 22, 2012 12:45 PM
Singin' in the Rain - tonight on the big screen - must see!Fathom Productions has teamed up with Turner Classic Movies for this 60th anniversary showing tonight on the big screen at local theaters. It's just tonight - but if you can be spontaneous, you ought to make it a family night. You and your children will love seeing this classic together and remember it for years! It is laugh-out-loud hilarious, with perfect production values - Rotten Tomatoes gives it a perfect 100%!
TCM Presents Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event - Last Showing
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. are bringing the "Greatest Musical of All-Time" * back to movie theaters for one final showing on August 22nd. Don't miss your last chance to see this American classic back on the big screen!
Turner Classic Movies Presents
Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary Encore Event
In Select Movie Theaters Nationwide
Wednesday, August 22 at 7:00 PM (local time)**
**Additional matinee showings available at select movie theater locations. Check your local listings for details.
The event begins with a Turner Classic Movies original production featuring TCM host Robert Osborne in an exclusive specially produced interview with star Debbie Reynolds. In this interview, audiences are taken behind the scenes of one of the greatest musicals of all time as Ms. Reynolds shares memories of working with the late great Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.
Immediately following these exclusive behind the scenes extras be carried away by the songs, story and romance of the greatest musicals of all time "Singin' in the Rain" as it graces the silver screen for only one more night fully remastered and more beautiful than ever before!Don't miss your last chance to see this timeless classic on the big screen and celebrate the release of the "Singin' in the Rain 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-Ray™ available now.TICKETING***
Tickets are on sale now! Enter your zip code to find your nearest participating theater and to purchase tickets today. Limited Seats Available - so buy your tickets early!THEATERS
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When you think of Singin' in the Rain, the words "old school musical" probably come to mind. The 1952 film featured plenty of high energy dance sequences and memorable songs but there's nothing old school or dated about it. After watching it on the big screen at this year's TCM Film Festival we quickly learned that after 58 years the tunes, the tone, and the direction still holds up for today's audiences. With an all-star cast led by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds it's hard not to see why Singin' in the Rain is considered the greatest musical ever made.
Kelly and Stanley Donen co-directed the film within a film about the transition from silent movies to talkies. It takes place in 1927 after the first sound motion picture, The Jazz Singer has been released. At first, the thought of watching a movie with actual dialogue and lyrics seems like a gimmick but the success of Singer makes all the other studios take notice. Kelly's character Don Lockwood is one half of the most powerful onscreen couple during the silent era and he and his overbearing co-star Lina Lamont must get with the times and make a musical.
Lamont can't sing, she can't dance and she can barely speak without imitating the sound of nails on a chalkboard. Therefore the studio enlists the help of Debbie Reynold's character Kathy Selden to lip sync all of her dialogue and singing. From that point on we enjoy plenty of amazing song and dance numbers like "Make'em Laugh," "Good Morning," and the famous title track "Singin' in the Rain."
Out of all the films to appear at the Festival, Singin' in the Rain is the one where the viewers seemed to be genuinely entertained. The humor provided by both Kelly and co-star Donald O'Connor had the audience laughing from beginning to end. As for the famous musical numbers, by far the most beautiful and intricate sequence featured the legendary Cyd Charisse (above) who played a seductress within Lockwood's film. Her and Kelly were like an explosion waiting to happen and the transition shots from one set piece to another were more complex than anything else we've seen come out of 1952.
By today's standards Singin' in the Rain still has some of the most jaw-dropping song and dance routines ever created. Gene Kelly was a true professional who could do it all. During the time Rain debuted in theaters to its reintroduction today, no one can touch it in terms of its quality or timelessness. This is a film that needs to be preserved not just for entertainment purposes but to show future filmmakers what a real musical is supposed to look like.
What fun--on the big screen! We own this one, for so long--20+ yrs.--that our copy is VHS.
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: von | August 22, 2012 1:38 PM
p.s. When my son was about 10 or 11 yrs. old, he said this movie made High School Musical (weak pop culture, IMO) look sad and pathetic....... It was so great for this mom to hear that her son recognized quality stuff, at an early age, in between all the baseball and swimming that he enjoys so much!
Posted by: von | August 22, 2012 1:43 PM