Every screening of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at the Alamo this month has sold out, which is great. But it also meant that some people didn't get to experience this awe-inspiring opus of laughs, songs and dance. We're rectifying that right now and giving you two more chances to see the greatest cinematic musical of all-time this weekend at our Village and Slaughter locations!
To say this movie is merely a “masterpiece” is doing it a disservice. To lump it in with all the other movies that are just great is unfair.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN transcends its medium and tap dances straight into your heart. It's a film you can watch on a cold night and feel it flush your face with warmth. It’s a song you can sing when rain is pouring down on you and you couldn't care less because you're in love.
This isn't one of those classic movies you have to see because it's “important” and your viewing experience will feel anything but scholastic. You need to see this movie because YOU NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE.
Gene Kelly is Don Lockwood, star of the silent film era at the dawn of the talkies. His longtime screen partner, Lena Lamont, smolders on the screen but is the nails on the chalkboard of Lockwood's life. As an accomplished song and dance man, Lockwood is set to transition into the era of sound, but Lena couldn't hit a note with a shotgun at close range. Leave it to aspiring actress Kathy Selden (the spectacularly adorable Debbie Reynolds) to dub over for Lena in the pictures...and in Don's heart.
That's the gist, but there's so much more. The dance numbers are electric, the singing is charming, and, if you've never seen Gene Kelly move at 24 frames-per-second, you owe it to yourself to at least witness the miracle of a man with a 103 fever, who took three days to film the greatest dance number in film history.
Everyone pushed themselves to the limits under choreographer/co-director (and notorious perfectionist) Gene Kelly. Debbie Reynolds's feet bled from doing the “Good Morning” routine, and Donald O'Connor sent himself to the hospital from filming the most frenetic, gut-busting three and a half minutes of self flagellation you will ever see.
So, if you love the movies, do yourself a favor and see this one on the big screen—whether it's the first time or the thousandth—because it never hurts to have a song in your heart or to remind yourself what a film can do. (Greg MacLennan)