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Why is the ‘umbrella scene’ such a classic musical number in ‘Singing’ In The Rain?

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  • 1 month ago

    Great choreography and use of the umbrella and rain, along with a good song. It is visually memorable because of the use of rain. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Probably because umbrellas are associated with rain.

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  • 1 month ago

    If you were going to extract one  scene from that film to show what the film is like, it would be that scene.  The movie really doesn't have anything to do with singing in the rain, but that scene is so great they named the whole movie after it.

    There really are few scenes in movies as well put together, as well thought out.  It's about being happy even when the weather is so bad.  It doesn't really even rain that much in Los Angeles.  Gene Kelly is basically all by himself (there are others in the scene but they are just 'scenery').  He's so happy he LIKES being wet.  He stands under the drainspout, he splashes his feet in the puddles like a little kid.  It just gives you a really good feeling.  How many dance numbers in movies do that for you?

    I read somewhere that the entire set was based on Kelly's choreography.  For instance, where he stands with one foot on the curb and the other splashing in the puddles, the set builders deliberately scooped out places in the street to make the puddles.

    Plus it comes right after the Good Morning! number, which is also a great scene.  Both are about being happy, a great problem being solved, a great weight lifted, that feeling that everything's going to be okay now.  It's the turning point of the film.

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