Few pinnacles of creativity are as outrageously enjoyable as this Technicolor love song to Hollywood, co-directed by Stanley Donen and lead actor Gene Kelly.
Silent movie idol Don Lockwood (Kelly) is in love with chorus girl Kathy (Debbie Reynolds), at war with leading lady Lina (Jean Hagen) and desperate to save his career when the arrival of the talkies threatens disaster. The film easily qualifies as one of the best film comedies too – helium-voiced Lina’s attempts to cope with the new-fangled sound technology are belly-laugh funny. And then there are the songs! Not only the timeless title song, which would make anyone want to get up and dance, but the dreamily romantic ‘You Were Meant for Me’ and ‘Broadway Melody’ with its erotic tension between Kelly and Cyd Charisse. The esteemed Observer film critic, the late Philip French, once said of his favourite film: “I doubt if I could love anyone who didn't wish to see Singin' in the Rain again and again and again.”
USA, 1952, Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen