movie: singin' in the rain

Happy Birthday to Rita Moreno, who will be 85-years old tomorrow (11 December 1931)

She is the winner of an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy. Her film career began in 1950 and includes Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I and West Side Story (her Oscar).

“Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life.”

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“The musicals had a good, happy feeling, saying that the world is a better place. They say it’s not reality, but who cares? There’s too much reality these days.” -Shirley Jones

Gene Kelly promoting his latest film Singin’ in the Rain, 1952

“There was no model for what I tried to do with dance … and the thing Fred Astaire and I used to bitch about was that critics didn’t know how to categorize us. They called us tap dancers because that was considered the American style. But neither of us were basically tap dancers.”

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“Movies are entertaining enough for the masses, but the personalities on the screen just don’t impress me. I mean they don’t talk, they don’t act, they just make a lot of dumb show" (Singin’ in the Rain, 1952)

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Happy Birthday Gene Kelly! (August 23, 1912 - February 2, 1996)

“There is a strange sort of reasoning in Hollywood that musicals are less worthy of Academy consideration than dramas. It’s a form of snobbism, the same sort that perpetuates the idea that drama is more deserving of Awards than comedy.”

- Gene Kelly