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1952. USA. Directed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly. Screenplay by Adolph Green, Betty Comden. Songs by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed. With Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse. Arguably the greatest MGM musical of all time—presented here in a rare dye-transfer 35mm print—Singin' in the Rain is also a marvelous movie about moviemaking, set during Hollywood’s bumpy transition to the talkies in the late 1920s. A 28-year-old Stanley Donen (who began his career as a dancer) and Gene Kelly artfully capture bodies in motion through graceful camera movements and a wash of diaphanous colors during the film’s dreamily romantic sequences, and eye-popping yellows, greens, and reds to accentuate moments of comic absurdity, joy, or sexual tension. Print courtesy of the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive. 103 min.