On the first day of “Intro to Film,” the professor walked into the classroom, turned to the class, and said “Hi. Welcome to ’Intro to Film.’ Today, we’re going to watch ’Singin’ in the Rain’ because it’s perfect and it makes me happy.” With that, the movie started, and it was perfect.
There’s a reason that given a choice of essentially any movie he could think of the professor chose Gene Kelly’s ode to the Busby Berkeley era of musicals in the 1930s. It’s because “Singin’ in the Rain” is just about everything a movie should be.
“Singin’ in the Rain” tells the story of Don Lockwood (Kelly), a silent film star who struggles with a transition to talking pictures. Along the way, he meets Kathy Selden, a talents chorus girl who deserves her big break. What follows is pure movie magic.
On the Blu-ray included in the “Best of Warner Bros” collection (it was originally made by MGM, but WB bought the rights), you can appreciate the movie in an entirely new way. The Technicolor pops in a way that will make you care about what Technicolor is if you never have before, especially in the way indulgent dream sequence dance number.
Over the next nine days, MTV Movies Blog will be traveling through cinematic time and the nine decades of movies featured in the “Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection.” Each day, we’ll review one film from one decade of the box set and taking a look back at the history of the studio.