Film: Singin' In The Rain

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Stanley Donen, 1952
102 Mins. Cert U.

This season of The Screen at Contemporary we look to the often overlooked, sometimes controversial and frequently subversive world of musicals where love, hate, sex and politics are played out through song, music and dance. Join us for SWAY!

Set during cinema’s evolution from silent to ‘talkies’, Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds shine in this magnificent classic. The routines are lavish and witty, the music is unforgettable, and the arch Hollywood-on-Hollywood narrative makes it all the more rich and relevant in our post post-modern world.

The film will be introduced by writer Christina Marie Newland, who will explore the theme of mortality. The principle cast and crew of the movie are deceased, but are frozen in time - young, healthy and rosy-cheeked; a glowing reminder of cinema's unique ability to both guard against and simultaneously remind us of mortality and time passing. Christina is the editor of upcoming anthology She Found it at The Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire, and Cinema, out March 2020 from Red Press.

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk

Check out Broadway Cinema BFI Blockbuster Season of Musicals in November and December.

£5 per ticket, or any five tickets for £20. Tickets are available for purchase online. To book for five films, please call 0115948 9750.

Check out Broadway’s BFI Blockbuster Season of Musicals in November and December.