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BFI Film Classics

Singin' in the Rain

  • Singin' in the Rain remains one of the bestloved musicals of the Classical Hollywood period
  • New edition has a new introduction by  film critic Geoff Andrew
  • Published as part of the BFI Film Classics 20th anniversary series of special editions
  • Beautiful specially commissioned cover artwork by Louise Weir
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Sixty years after its release, Singin' in the Rain (1951) remains one of the best

loved films ever made. Yet despite dazzling success with the public, it never

received its fair share of critical analysis. Gene Kelly's genius as a performer is

undeniable. Acknowledged less often is his innovatory contribution as director.

Peter Wollen's illuminating study of Singin' in the Rain does justice to this

complex film. In a brilliant shot-by-shot analysis of the famous title number,

he shows how skilfully Kelly weaves the dance and musical elements into the

narrative, successfully combining two distinctive traditions within American

Dance: tap and ballet.

At the time of the film's production, its scriptwriters Betty Comden and Adolph

Green, and indeed Kelly himself, were all under threat from McCarthyism.

Wollen describes how the fallout from blacklisting curtailed the careers of

many of those who worked on the film and argues convincingly that the film

represents the high point in their careers.

In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th

anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, Geoff Andrew looks at the film's

legacy and celebrates the passion, lucidity and originality of Wollen's analysis.

Summing up its enduring appeal, Andrew writes: 'Singin' in the Rain isn't just a

musical, it's a movie about the movies.'

About the authors

PETER WOLLEN taught film at UCLA. He is the author of several books,

including Signs and Meaning in the Cinema, first published in 1969 and reprinted

in a new edition in 2012, and the co-writer (with Mark Peploe) of Michelangelo

Antonioni's The Passenger (Professione: Reporter) (1974).

 

GEOFF ANDREW is Head of Film Programme at BFI Southbank, and was

previously Film Editor of Time Out London. He is the author of two volumes in

the BFI Modern Classics series, The 'Three Colours' Trilogy (1998) and 10 (2005),

and of The Films of Nicholas Ray: The Poet of Nightfall (2004).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Singin' in the Rain
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-514-5
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
88
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