Classic Cinema Night Cactus Theater 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue Wednesday, September 6th 7:20 – 9:03pm
Classic Cinema Night
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Wednesday, September 6th
7:20 – 9:03pm
Singin’ in the Rain is a 1952 American musical romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds and featuring Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies.”
The film was only a modest hit when it was first released. O’Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. However, it has since been accorded legendary status by contemporary critics, and is often regarded as the greatest musical film ever made and one of the greatest films ever made, as well as the greatest film made in the “Freed Unit” at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios.
In 1989, Singin’ in the Rain was one of the first 25 films selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2008, Empire magazine ranked it as the eighth-best film of all time. In Sight & Sound magazine’s 2022 list of the greatest films of all time, Singin’ in the Rain placed 10th.
This vintage film classic is not rated – acceptable for all ages.
2:20 pm Matinee
Note: Vintage “shorts” begin at 2 pm.