Singin' in the Rain -- The Making of an American Masterpiece

Hess, Earl J and Dabholkar, Pratibha

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A classic and delightful study of a great American classic. The authors have done a great amount of research, but this is not starchy academic tome, but a fascinating and detailed appreciation of how the greatest American movie musical Happened. An UNREAD Copy in AS NEW Condition. I have seen the film at least eight times over the years, and watched it again recently after reading this book, a reading experience that made me enjoy the film even more. The authors cover how the ideas came together, disagreements, problems, who thought of what solution and why, and how the stupendous staging of the magical dance numbers came about. Also, details on such numbers as "Moses Supposes," now considered perhaps the finest tap duet ever on film; Donal O'Connor's astonishing acrobatics in "Make 'Em Laugh," which he filmed without a double over eight days and had a grand collection of bruises to show for it; and Debbie Reynolds, a 19 year old inexperienced in either dancing, singing or acting, especially in the midst of such a fine professional cast, and how she found a small closet on the set to cry in after some truly grueling days on the set under the watchful and critical eyes of Gene Kelly, truly a great genius of dancing, choreography, film directing, and more. Truly the book is a delight, and these copies are in AS NEW condition of the first printing of the first edition. With excellent index nd notes. The University Press of Kansas told me the initial press run haa sold out, but I don't know if additional printings are in the works or not. Makes a great gift for lovers of American dance and musicals. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: There is no movie musical more fun than Singin' in the Rain, and few that remain as fresh over the years. . . . It is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.-Roger Ebert America's most popular film critic is hardly alone in singing the praises of Singin' in the Rain. This quintessential American film-made in Hollywood's Golden Age, showcasing the genius of Gene Kelly, and featuring what Ebert calls "the most joyous musical sequence ever filmed"-has inspired love and admiration from fellow critics, film scholars, and movie buffs worldwide for more than half a century. Indeed, its reputation continues to grow: the American Film Institute now ranks it number 1 on its list of the Greatest Movie Musicals of All Time and number 5 on its list of the Greatest American Films of All Time. Echoing the enthusiasm of the film's most devoted fans, Earl Hess and Pratibha Dabholkar embrace and illuminate both the film and its reputation. Combining lucid prose with meticulous scholarship, they provide for the first time the complete inside story of how this classic movie was made, marketed, and received. They re-create the actual movie-making experience, on the set and behind the scenes, and chronicle every step in production from original concept through casting, scripting, rehearsals, filming, scoring, and editing. They then trace its distribution, critical reception, and enduring reputation. The book is brimming with human interest, bursting with anecdotes and quotes by and about the film's stars and makers. Here are Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor at the top of their form, along with Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse in their breakthrough roles. Here, too, are fascinating tidbits-about censorship troubles, continuity flaws, stunt doubles for Kelly, voice doubles for cast members, the dubbing of taps, and genealogy of all the songs. Hess and Dabholkar also provide in-depth analyses of each of the major song-and-dance performances, including details of everything from the dynamics of "Gotta Dance!" to the physical challenges of the remarkable title number. Based on exhaustive research in oral histories, studio production records, letters, memoirs, and interviews, their book is factually impeccable, compulsively readable, and indispensable for anyone who loves movies at their absolute best.

From the Back Cover: "Loving and appreciative, researched to a fare-thee-well, and pitched to both fans and first-time viewers of Singin' in the Rain, this delightful book delivers almost as much fun as the film itself."--Jeanine Basinger, author of American Cinema: 100 Years of Filmmaking and The Star Machine

"Very much in the vein of Harmetz's classic works on The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca, this study should become the last word on its subject. . . . a bonafide page-turner that will be welcomed by general readers and academics alike."--Rick Altman, author of The American Film Musical

"For those who love Singin' in the Rain (and who doesn't?), this is a detailed appreciation of how it happened."--Harold Prince, legendary producer of Broadway musicals

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