500 Word Analysis:
Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s Singin’ in the Rain (1952) is a musical comedy that lampoons the conventions of movie stardom at the time of the transition from silent film to talkies. Singin’ in the Rain is typical of the American movie musical, and also reveals many of the characteristics of classic Hollywood cinema we’ve been studying so far.
This week, analyze the narrative and formal elements of Singin’ in the Rain in relationship to what you have learned this week about musicals, comedies, and the melodramatic mode. Also, be sure to apply what you learn about editing and sound design. As always, discuss the narrative and formal elements in relationship to the role of the film in both reflecting and shaping the American public’s attitudes toward Hollywood itself.