Singing In The Rain Film Analysis

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The 1952 film, Singing In the Rain was directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. This film has stood the test of time as one of great classics. If we look at the film and break it down, we can see that the elements that make it so great are partly unique to the time of its creation. The 1950’s stage flare is something that was used to increase the film’s actual effectiveness on the audience when coupled with the plot of the movie. The genre of a musical is so often done in a ‘real life,’ such as a high school, setting that when the sub-genre of a backstage or showbiz movie was used to express the normal musical plot points, it really created something special within the film. That something special is what has made this movie stand the test of time. The narrative of the film is good. The idea of showing …show more content…
The blonde is actually the main antagonist, Lina Lemont, who hates Kathy (the brunette in the back) and wants to be in charge of everything but she has an awful voice. So in this frame, Kathy is forced to sing for her but is being blackmailed. So Don, Cosmo, and Simpson reveal that Kathy is doing the voice of Lina. The medium shot allows us to really experience the ridiculousness of how Lina moves and acts. Lina’s movements and both the girls’ dresses really embody the times. Kathy’s dress being more modest and Lina’s as the more swinger dancer version The lighting is from the left and is just bright enough to give a room tone feel to the auditorium where they show the Dancing Caviler. The switching of her back to the audience and so forth shows how the world now sees her for her and the fall of her reign begins. That seen basically raps up the story of Don. With Kathy free and Don now in confidence of all his skills, they can live happily ever after. The narration ends with that last simple technical use of following the 180 degree switching of views. Simple ending with simple

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