Piazza Maggiore > 21:45


Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Introduced by

Ehsan Khoshbakht

Event promoted by Stefauto

(In case of rain, the screening will take place at Arlecchino Cinema, Jolly Cinema and Lumière Cinema – Sala Scorsese, instead)


Friday 01/07/2022


Original version with subtitles


Film Notes

The oneiric quality of the great tradition of the Hollywood musical had gradually faded over the years, while the stylisation of song and dancehad by necessity remained. Donen and Kelly’s work, and Singin’ in the Rain in particular, can be situated in this period of decline which, it should be noted, was not, or was not yet, a moment of crisis. Indeed, it is precisely between the 1940s and 1950s that MGM, the leadingstudio in the production of musicals, delivered a series of films that, if not consistently glorious, are nevertheless always glittering and enjoyable (and sometimes even lavish), and which did much to identify the genre with the studio. The Metro musical, regardless of the director or the quality of the single film, all display (without distinction) a precise and instantly recognisable look – a glossy, polished,colourful, shiny and cheerful quality that no other production could boast. Look at a contemporaneous film by Columbia or Fox: none of them exhibits the captivating visual softness of a Metro musical. The colours are darker and grainier, or at least less clear and soft(Colombia); or they are decidedly intense, but with a realistic quality that not even the strongly flickering light can render pleasinglyfantastic and oneiric… Singin’ in the Rain is, in its entirely, a powerful, eloquent metaphor for an entirely different critical situation facing Hollywood cinema. In short, in dealing with the great crisis caused by the transition to sound, the film alludes to an atmosphere and a set of problems rela ed to a crisis of a different, but no less worrying, nature that would take place twenty years later… Singin’ in the Rain istherefore a nostalgic film, the revisiting of a past that is perhaps not too distant in time, but is light years away in terms of taste, mentality,fashion and, naturally, technology.
So distant that the opening sequence, with its long shot from above of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, has the feel of a scene lifted from an animated cartoon: the colours, the lights, the distant movements, the architectural lines don’t seem at all real (recreated), but instead seem to belong to a different imaginary order – that of a reality transfigured by a childish and infantile fantasy, sparkling and microscopically great.

Franco La Polla, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly. Cantando sotto la pioggia, Lindau, Turin 1997

Cast and Credits

Sog., Scen.: Adolph Green, Betty Comden. F.: Harold Rosson. M.: Adrienne Fazan. Scgf.: Cedric Gibbons, Randal Duel, Harry McAfee. Mus.: Nacio Herb Brown, Roger Edens, Al Goodhart, Al Hoffman. Int.: Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood), Donald O’Connor (Cosmo Brown), Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Selden), Jean Hagen (Lina Lamont), Millard Mitchell (R.F. Simpson), Douglas Fowley (Roscoe Dexter), Rita Moreno (Zelda Zanders), Cyd Charisse (ballerina). Prod.: Arthur Freed per MGM. DCP. D.: 103’. Col.