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We all have stories of movies being ruined by people talking through them in the theater. Today, let’s celebrate that time a movie experience actually restored our faith in humanity.
Last night, I went to see Singin’ in the Rain on the big screen, in honor of the film’s 60th anniversary and the fact that today would have been Gene Kelly’s 100th birthday. I was with a friend who’s also a huge Gene Kelly fan, and I told her we should elbow each other each time one of us begins to tear up from pure happiness. »
- Mandi Bierly
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Warner Home Video:
Centennial, Colo. – June 11, 2012 – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor sing and dance their way back onto the big screen in the “Turner Classic Movies(TCM) Presents ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ 60th Anniversary Event” on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. Presented by Ncm® Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros., the event features a pre-recorded TCM original production with an introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes, including a special interview with “Singin’ in the Rain” star Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds will share her thoughts on what it was like working with her co-stars on the set of this classic musical.
Tickets for TCM Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www. »
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In a year when the Best Picture Oscar went to a comedy about Hollywood's turbulent transition from silence to sound, "Singin' in the Rain" suddenly seems timely again. The beloved musical, which marks the 60th anniversary of its release in U.S. theaters in April, is not only fondly remembered for its exuberantly athletic song-and-dance numbers, but also for its witty dramatization of the birth of Hollywood's sound era. If you haven't seen it, imagine 2011's "The Artist" with spoken dialogue and without the heroic dog. But of course, you have seen it, even if you don't realize it. The title number, featuring a soaked but joyful Gene Kelly, is one of the most iconic (and most frequently parodied) sequences in film history. The film's impact on popular culture is enormous, from making stars out of Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse to influencing directors as far-flung as Jacques Demy and Stanley Kubrick. »
- Gary Susman
What better way could one year end and another start than with a pair of charming, funny, moving films celebrating the cinema itself? Three weeks ago Martin Scorsese gave us Hugo, a deeply felt picture about the creation of the cinema in France during the final years of the 19th century. Now the French cineaste Michel Hazanavicius returns the compliment with the complementary The Artist, about the coming of sound to Hollywood. The directors of the Nouvelle Vague were born around the time the talkies began. Hazanavicius was born seven years after Truffaut's Les quatre cents coups and Godard's Breathless but is as steeped in movies as they were. His first feature film, La classe américaine, which I haven't seen, was apparently compiled entirely of clips from old Warner Brothers films, »
- Philip French
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