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Some of my friends and I have been passing this one around Facebook, and I thought some of you here might like to do it as well. Consider yourself tagged if you want to be!

Musical I hate: Grease.
Musical that's overrated: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Musical that's underrated: The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Musical I love: My Fair Lady.
Musical I cherish: Singin' in the Rain.
Musical that changed my life: The Sound of Music. First movie musical I ever saw aside from Disney animated ones. I didn't know it then, but it would start a lifelong love of musicals!
First musical I was in: I haven't been in any, except church musicals and a really awful college musical (written by the theater professor's wife). One of my great regrets.
First musical I saw on Broadway: Crazy for You.
litlover12: (GK DR DO)
This one . . . this one hits hard. This one's finally got me believing maybe 2016 really is cursed.

All three leads of my favorite movie are now gone. Rest well, Debbie, Gene, and Donald.

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Twenty years ago today, Gene Kelly died. Here's a lovely little tribute from the L.A. Times. I really identified with this part:

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Some of my friends and I have occasionally tossed around the question, "Which four movies would you pick if you were a Turner Classic Movies guest programmer?" The subject came up on Twitter again the other day, and I finally decided to go ahead and actually pick my four films!

And here they are . . . )
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Swiped this from a thread at Broadway World: What are your top ten performances in a musical film?

Here are mine:

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litlover12: (GK1)
. . . is that it always comes to an end.

Once when I was a kid and had it on VHS, I watched to the end, rewound it, and started all over!
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Telegraph film critic David Gritten recently offered his list, which I found via [livejournal.com profile] movie_greats. He had one or two good choices on there, and a lot of terrible ones, and omitted a few essential ones. So I'm setting this right by making my own list. (Not that he'll ever see it, but I'll feel better.)

I'm trying to be as objective as possible, so some of my favorites (like The Court Jester) got left out, in favor of some that are, objectively speaking, greater musical achievements (like West Side Story). The top three do happen to be my top three favorite musical films, though.

  1. Singin’ in the Rain

  2. My Fair Lady

  3. The Sound of Music

  4. An American in Paris

  5. Les Misérables

  6. Gigi

  7. Top Hat

  8. The Band Wagon

  9. 1776

  10. West Side Story


Anyone else want to try their hand at a top 10 film musicals list?
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Doing a little research for an article I want to write about Singin' in the Rain, I saw this on Wikipedia:

"In an early draft of the script, the musical number 'Singin' in the Rain' was to be sung by Reynolds, O'Connor, and Kelly on their way back from the flop preview of The Dueling Cavalier."

o.0

Can you imagine? I mean, seriously -- can you imagine? I suppose it would have been something like "Good Morning," only -- outside! In the rain! Which . . . just . . . wow. (I feel like Arthur on Cabin Pressure when he gets overwhelmed and incoherent. I'll be saying "BRILLIANT!" next.)

Obviously I'm very, VERY happy with the "Singin' in the Rain" number that we did end up getting, plus we got "Good Morning" thrown in for the three of them. No complaints. But it's so much fun to try to picture what it would have been like!
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[livejournal.com profile] rachkmc sent it to me, and I've made it my personal mission to spread it all over the Internet.

"14 Reasons Why Life Should Be More Like 'Singin' in the Rain'
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Remember that top 20 movies list I made once? Remember how I said I might revise it someday? The day has come! There's one movie that's new and that just had to be added, and one old one that, after a couple more viewings, I realized had earned a spot. And so, from last to first . . .

20. An Affair to Remember (1957)
19. The Court Jester (1955)
18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
17. The Princess Bride (1987)
16. Charade (1963)
15. Les Misérables (2012)
14. The Odd Couple (1968)
13. All about Eve (1950)
12. The Lion in Winter (1968)
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
10. The King's Speech (2010)
9. 1776 (1972)
8. Rear Window (1954)
7. The Sound of Music (1965)
6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5. Casablanca (1942)
4. Notorious (1946)
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
2. My Fair Lady (1964)
1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

(I still love Shadowlands and The Thin Man, though!)
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Ordinarily I tend to steer clear of women's ministry events. They're just so . . . so . . . womany. But then this showed up in my e-mail the other day.

I have to say, if they're trying to lure me in, they sure hit on an effective method.
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1. "Singin' in the Rain," Singin' in the Rain



Bless you and thank you, Gene, for all the joy over the years. Happy birthday!

ETA: And here's a little something I wrote for Gene today.
litlover12: (GK DR DO)
4. "Moses Supposes," with Donald O'Connor, Singin' in the Rain

litlover12: (GK_DR2)
Hi guys, I'm back! And I'm very, very tired, and I'm going to bed. :-) My body thinks it's after 2 a.m. right now. But I had a wonderful time, and I'll have links to photos of my trip before too long.

But first I want to get something started. As I mentioned recently, Gene Kelly's 100th birthday is next Thursday, so I'm going to count down with my own personal top ten Gene dance numbers, one every day until the big day. It was HARD to pick just ten; I could easily have done a top twenty. Somehow, though, I managed to narrow it down, so here's #10. Enjoy!

10. "You Were Meant for Me," with Debbie Reynolds, Singin' in the Rain

litlover12: (GK1)
We get a Singin' in the Rain bigscreen encore presentation -- and it's COMING HERE! I get to go!! I was hoping the local theaters would learn something from the success of the first showing. I'm so thrilled!

And it's the night before Gene Kelly's 100 birthday, too. Yeah, I keep track of this stuff. :-) And there will be big doings on this page to celebrate, believe you me. Just keep watching this space . . .
litlover12: (AH1)
It's about time I got around to that meme I got from [livejournal.com profile] sylverwind, like, MONTHS ago. So here we go. She asked me to give my thoughts on libraries, desserts, a favorite outfit, mythical creatures, my love for classic movies, beading, and pet peeves.

Step this way for various ramblings . . . )
litlover12: (GK_DR1)
In my inbox today from "Special Broadway Offers": "ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT UNTIL SINGIN' IN THE RAIN IS IN MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE!"

. . . Except not in mine. None of my local theaters are going to show it. Movie theaters out the wazoo around here, and not one of them is going to have my favorite movie on its one night in theaters. I'd have to drive way, way farther than is feasible on a work night to go see it.

WHY DO YOU MOCK ME, SPECIAL BROADWAY OFFERS??

*cries*
litlover12: (GK1)
A ham, yes. In need of a little bringing down to earth, yes. But not a jerk. And the American in Paris ballet is NOT kitschy.

Other than those screw-ups, though, this is really a pretty good article.
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The way he looks at her!!!

I NEED Gene Kelly to come into my life and look at me like that. I need it RIGHT NOW.
litlover12: (GK_DR1)
. . . is that you might wake up one morning and find this on your dashboard.



I love absolutely everything about this picture. 

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