Posted on 3/31/10 11:26 AM
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
(1952) Singin' In the Rain
I have to say that in terms of musicals so far this is the last of the greatest musicals of all time. And I refuse to compare this film to anything Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had ever done together because they consist of two different styles of tap dancing to it's own degree. Much of 'Singin' In The Rain' is very direct and in- your face as opposed to Fred and Gingers dance routines are somewhat graceful, useful, perhaps convenient to "Ballroom Dancing" competitions.
And what tap dancing "Singin' in the Rain" is, especially Donald O'Conner who stole a few scenes from Gene Kelly. But the best highlights are the tap dancing routines that're almost identically matched and exactly alike and slightly off between Gene Kelly and Donald O'Conner (Talking about perfect timing). Some seem almost impossible to do because the tap dancing involves tables and chairs, one would seem to wonder whether any of the characters had ever twisted there ankes, perhaps pull a legament. This is what extreme tap dancing looks like and it is very fierce, much to the extent to wanting to witness those dancing moves again and again in repeated viewings. The catchy singing numbers is also one of the highlights as well because it is extremely hard to do this while dancing at the same time (rehearsed or otherwise) and doing this while smiling, everything seem to work in this film's favor. It'd even be more harder if all of this was done on an actual stage on front of thousands of people, which would result to alot of aching bones which would consist of alot of time for the process for healing. Some of the notable singing numbers include "Make 'em laugh" sung by Donald O'Conner, "Good Morning" sung by Gene, Donald and Debbie Reynolds and of course "Singin in the rain" by Gene Kelly!!
This is the the quissential tap dancing film, which is not saying much.