Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain CTCS 190
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Date Created: 08/28/16
● General information ○ MGM Production ○ Produced in 1952 ○ Producer: Arthur Freed ○ Director: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen ○ Story/Screenplay: Adolph Green, Betty Comden ● Characters ○ Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) ○ Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor) ○ Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) ○ Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) ○ R.F. Simpson (Millard Mitchell) ● Importance ○ Hollywood’s transition from silent movies to movies with sound ○ Filmed choreography by choreographing the camera as well as the dancers ○ “Dances were made cinematic” for more natural transitions between acting and dancing/singing ■ Visual design ■ Framing ■ Staging ■ Camerawork ■ Editing ■ Sound design ● Plot ○ Don Lockwood is a famous silent movie actor who began as a stunt man working odd jobs with his best friend, Cosmo Brown ○ Lina Lamont becomes interested in him only when he is famous ○ Don is not interested in Lina, but she thinks they are together ○ Lina has a voice that is equally as irritating as her incompetence, but she is beautiful ○ Don meets Kathy Selden when he jumps into her car to escape his fans ○ She is initially rude to him and is uninterested, but Don is not accustomed to rejection and becomes interested in Kathy ○ Don and Kathy run into each other again that night while Kathy is dancing at a party ○ Movies with sound are introduced ○ Lina is jealous of Don’s interest in Kathy, so she has her fired from her job. ○ Weeks go by and Don finally finds Kathy again on the set of a music video through which Kathy is recognized for her talents by Don’s boss and for her face by Don’s best friend, Cosmo ○ Cosmo brings Don to her and they slowly become friendly and romantic ○ Movies with sound are in high demand. Don’s studio struggles to produce one, then fails miserably at the premiere. Don fears for his career ○ Kathy and Cosmo help him find a solution: turn it into a musical ○ Kathy will sing and speak for Lina ○ All goes well, but Lina tries to take full credit for the performances. Threatens to sue the producer unless he removes Kathy’s name from the credits ○ Lina speaks in front of a crowd and gets caught in her act. No fans any more, Kathy gains credit for her talent
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