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100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 43 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain"

Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain"

OK, seriously, how can you not be smiling after watching Singin’ in the Rain . I mean, Gene Kelly’s smile alone is infectious, but then you add in the energentic, physical comedy of Donald O’Connor and the innocent songs and dance numbers and it’s no wonder this movie is ranked #79 in the AFI top 250 films of all time.

Maybe it’s just me, but Kelly looks kind of like Steven Segal. Can you imagine what a crazy cool character you could come up with if you combined both their traits? He’d sing you a song before busting out a tap number and then snapping off a lethal combination of kicks, punches and weaponry to bring you to your inevitable doom! And then he’d flash that killer smile. All things considered, there are worse ways to go out.

I’d also like to take this moment to point out how much movies in general have progressed. Keep in mind that just 40 years ago in 1910 (when this crazy, masochistic and hopefully, ultimately rewarding endeavor began), movies were nothing more than silent, single camera shorties with scratchy projection and no music. And yet, here we are only 40 years later and you’ve got this big musical number with elaborate, colorful sets, songs, dancing all in Technicolor. And to think 3D is only a couple years away.

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