Musical Classics by Gene Kelly Sing in the rain coming out today 4K Ultra HD combo package in honor of his 70th birthday.
“Sing in the rain is widely regarded as one of the greatest musical films in cinematic history,» Warner Bros. home entertainment. The musical romantic comedy was choreographed by Gene Kelly (In the town) and Stanley Donen (In the town) and stars Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Syd Charisse.»
ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, about sing in the rainlegacy, how Jin’s popularity is maintained and much more.
Tyler Treese: I live outside of Pittsburgh, so Gene Kelly has always been highly respected. Watching this release in 4k was a great reminder of how talented he was to be the director, star and choreographer on this film. Do you think Singin’ in the Rain is the best showcase for the full range of his abilities?
Patricia Ward KellyA: I think it’s very good. People always ask me what my favorite movie is and I actually watch a lot of different numbers in different movies that show maybe the breadth of the choreography, the breadth of the dance styles, but you see a lot of it all packaged. in Singing in the Rain. You see his classical ballet with Sid Charisse. You see jazz, you see a tap. So I think maybe that’s an interesting way to look at it. I don’t… I can borrow it from you, because it’s an interesting way to look at it as a kind of total amalgamation of his work. It is interesting. You see things like, say «In the City» would have similar things, and you have the ballet «In the City», but I could just steal it from you.
Oh please go on.
We’ve seen the film become a cultural landmark over the decades, and it has withstood the test of time effortlessly. We’ve also seen so many tributes and tributes to episodes from the movie over the years. Do you have a favorite tribute to this film?
Oh, it just pops up again and again and again. I would say the most recent thing that really touched me was a small town in the UK, at the beginning of quarantine, really, when we were closed and scared and everything was very desperate. It started to rain and someone sent me a clip of all the people in this long row of houses going outside. They put Gene on the speakers and everyone performed. Sing in the rainand I think they all experienced the loss and it was a moment of joy for everyone. So it’s a little different than someone doing some sort of cartoon image or something, but this one really touched me and I had a lot of clips from dance schools where because the kids couldn’t date them the task was to choose how they want to pay tribute to him. So I saw hundreds of these kids, each one choosing what to jump from or which segment, and it was also really touching to see them all gathered like this.
Yes, it’s beautiful.
The 4k release is a great way to revisit this movie. It’s amazing to see Jin perform live and reach new generations. You’ve talked to the younger guys and he’s still gaining new fans every day. It’s wonderful, isn’t it?
This is. He died 26 years ago and I really think he is more alive now than ever before. I have so many little fans aged 2, 3, 4 and 5 and they are absolutely glued to him and his work. It is interesting. They understand the work. They will look at it and say, “There are no cuts here,” and I will say, “No, there is a cut, but it is on the turn. Not everything is just sliced.» So they are very sophisticated. In fact, I’ve learned more, I’ve spoken at, I think, 33 high schools in Allegheny County, and I’ve learned a lot from these young people because they’re really insightful. They will ask you questions that other people may not ask. I have to give credit to my time in Pittsburgh. I’ll be there soon for the Kelly Awards. We will open again in May.