One appreciates the importance of a film when it helps to rewrite the history of cinema. And the fact remains that much of what is said of the transitional period from silent to sound cinema in Hollywood was crystallized with ‘Singin' in the Rain’, a film with such countless iconic scenes that, according to another movie epic, if it fails to represent the reality of the period it certainly “prints the legend”. According to the American Film Institute, it is the best musical in the history of cinema, and the fifth best American film of all genres. Truth or legend? A question as timeless as the film itself.
Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen Shaped by Broadway’s musical theater, where he met Gene Kelly (1912-1996), Stanley Donen (1924-2019) became one of the most recognizable filmmakers in the 1940s and 1960s. With the decline of genre cinema, he adapted himself and made successful comedies and dramas, with an ever-careful eye for directing actors.