Singin in the Rain (1952)
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Singin' in the Rain is a 103-minute running American musical humor movie, released during 1952. The movie was produced by Arthur Freed, a Jewish American Hollywood movie producer and lyricist. The movie was jointly directed by Stanley Donen, an American choreographer and movie director and by an American actor, dancer, singer, movie producer, director and choreographer, Gene Kelly. The Singin' in the Rain movie offers an optimistic portrayal of Hollywood during the late 1920s, with the three celebrities portraying actors bogged down in the change from silent movies to talkies.
The Singin' in the Rain movie was only a meek hit when initially released, and grabbing some awards being the only key recognitions. However, the movie was accorded its renowned status by modern critics. It is currently often described as one among the best musical movie ever produced, and the best movie ever produced by the production unit of Freed at the American media corporation, the Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. It led the list of 100 Years of Musicals of the American Film Institute, and is ranked as the 5th best all time motion picture of America in its modernized list of the best American movies during 2007.
Production of the movie
In the celebrated dance schedule of the Singin' in the Rain movie in which Gene Kelly sings the heading song as weaving an umbrella, splashing in the course of puddles and getting drenched to the skin, Kelly was ill with a 39 C (103 F) fever. The rainwater in the scene caused the wool suit of Kelly to contract during filming. A common legend is that Kelly handled to do the whole song in a single take, owing to cameras positioned at prearranged locations. However, this was not the situation as the filming of the series took place more than 2 to 3 days. Another legend is that the rainwater was combined with milk in order for the raindrops to turn up on camera, such that the preferred visual effect was formed, although with difficulty, during backlighting.
Songs of the movie
At first, the Singin' in the Rain movie was imagined by Arthur Freed, the chief of the "Freed Production Unit" in charge of becoming lavish musicals of MGM, as a medium for his list of songs written by an American author of many admired songs, film scores, and Broadway theatre tune, Nacio Herb Brown. Earlier Brown had written many songs for MGM musical movies, during the period from 1929 to 1939. Adolph Green and Betty Comden, the screenwriters of the movie, were contributed lyrics to a new song. All songs of the Singin' in the Rain movie were written by Freed, and Brown composed the music, except otherwise designated. A few of the songs of the movie were featured in many movies, as well.
Response to the movie
Consistent with MGM records, during the first theatrical release of the Singin' in the Rain movie, it earned $3,263,000 in Canada and the United States and $2,367,000 globally, earning a turnover of $666,000 for the studio. The movie was the 10th maximum grossing film of the year in Canada and the United States.
Nominations and awards
The Singin' in the Rain movie was nominated for several awards in many categories and won many awards in different categories. Some of the notable wins and nominations of the movie include:
The film won the 1952 National Board of Review, USA award for the Top Ten Movies category.
The movie won the 1953 Golden Globes, USA award for the Best Motion Picture Actor category.
The film won the 1997 Online Film and Television Association award for the Motion Picture category
The Singin' in the Rain movie was nominated for the 1853 Academy Awards, USA for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the Best music categories, and for the 2003 Satellite Awards for the Best Youth DVD category.