Singin' In the Rain

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USA | 1952 | 103 minutes | Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

July 20, 2019

Dressed to the Nines: Style in Cinema

In perhaps the most ornate film musical this side of Flower Drum Song, co-directors Stanley Donen (Charade, Funny Face) and Gene Kelly dove back into the history of Hollywood for inspiration, chronicling the growing pains of the industry as it moved from the silent to the talkies. The infatigable Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor, and Rita Moreno practically glide on air in one of the greatest film achievements of the song and dance tradition. Come experience the roaring 20s seen through the eyes of the 1950s, courtesy of costume designer Walter Plunkett.

Costume design is one of the essential elements of filmmaking. In the hands of a talented designer, wardrobe reveals character and informs story. The studio system at its height spawned a roster of legendary names known for their sartorial skill, from Adrian to Edith Head. SIFF's summer repertory series spans the decades, returning six landmark films to the big screen, making them available to view through the prism of extraordinary costume design. Come see a host of Hollywood stars dressed to the nines, Saturdays at one at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

All films in the series will be hosted by Rosemarie and Vince Keenan, who under the pen name Renee Patrick, write the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award nominated mystery novels featuring costume designer Edith Head. They have introduced films on Turner Classic Movies and at the Noir City Film Festivals at both SIFF and in Los Angeles.

  • Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
  • Principal Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1952
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Producer: Arthur Freed
  • Screenplay: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
  • Cinematographers: Harold Rosson
  • Language: English
  • Rating: G