A 21st Century Remake of "Singing in the Rain?" – An Almost Impossible Cinematic Endeavor

By | 9 June 2017

Final night, I used to be watching, for the tenth time, the award successful musical, “Singing within the Rain,” which starred the late Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, and the eighty-year previous Debbie Reynolds. The 1952 movement image was nominated for two Oscars, received the 1953 Golden Globe, and three different main awards. I truly suppose it ought to have received a number of 1953 Oscars for its immaculate, if not excellent, dancing choreography, comedy, and drama. I imply, in comparison with the expertise and precision demonstrated over a decade later by Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, within the 1965 musical “The Sound of Music,” which I believe was significantly lower than that demonstrated by Kelly, Reynolds, and O’Connor, “Singing within the Rain” ought to have received not less than 2 Oscars. The 2 movement image musicals had been, after all, completely different in fashion, size, and the expertise of the actors; however one cannot miss out on probably the most important distinction between the 2 productions. It was the fully flawless mixed impact of dancing, singing, and comedic and dramatic performing, which was completed by the dancers, actors, and studio employees, of “Singing within the Rain,” whereas there have been fairly a number of “unmentioned” choreographic errors in “The Sound of Music.” The movement image professionals, who created “Singing within the Rain,” labored collectively tirelessly to make an unequaled musical manufacturing. Moreover, one can rely on the fingers of 1 hand the variety of American musicals produced since 1952 with the identical pure flawless dancing, singing, and performing from the starring casts. So, the query lingers and calls for a solution as to why “Singing within the Rain” hasn’t been remade in a contemporary setting, with completely different actors, like so many different remakes of the traditional films?

You should utilize the entire fancy 21st Century pc gadgetry and superior sound gear that cash should buy to try to synthetically reproduce the real dancing, singing, and performing of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor; however one unassailable truth stays finally true. It will be an costly, however finally failed, try in synthetic movie-making. It is inconceivable to persuasively simulate pure human expertise with computer systems. Additional, it is very inconceivable that three versatile entertainers, like Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, could be discovered amongst all of the completed dancers and singers within the present 21st Century world, to duplicate what these three distinctive individuals did. And that is a crying disgrace. These three stars may act, sing, and dance in a fabulous combining vogue, one thing that no present stage, or movement image, star can remotely do as we speak. Take Robin Williams as an illustration. He is a beautiful actor and comic, however he cannot dance or sing like Gene Kelly or Donald O’Connor. Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, Richard Gere, and Julia Roberts, and lots of different late-20th Century Oscar winners, are all genuinely nice actors, and have made their hundreds of thousands. However none of them can come near combining performing, singing, and dancing in the way in which the “Singing within the Rain” forged did so completely. Some movie producers suppose that these foregoing top-rated actors and actresses may persuade theatre and tv audiences that they really possess such expertise, which they do not actually possess, by means of the usage of pc enhancements. I do not suppose so. The usage of such technical fakery could be very evident.

There’s additionally another excuse why I believe a real remake of “Singing within the Rain” has not been produced. Folks as we speak simply do not wish to work as arduous because the actors and actresses did within the 1930s, 40s, and 50s as a way to produce pure inventive excellence. They’re now eagerly keen to accept much less to get their paychecks. For instance, in September of 1990, when residing in Carlsbad, California, I used to be, one late night, discussing singing expertise with the sound supervisor for Madonna, who was returning to LA from a live performance on the San Diego Conference Heart. He had stopped for some refreshments on the Carlsbad 7-Eleven, the place I used to be the night time retailer supervisor. The guy gave the impression to be fully sober as he, very candidly, talked about Madonna and her expertise. “It is all within the sound gear,” he stated. “Madonna does not have lot of singing expertise, however she has a terrific sound supervisor and the perfect gear.” Then he laughed and added. “With the suitable pc sound gear, any regular individual’s singing voice might be made to sound skilled. That is how Sissy Spacek appeared like Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The rationale I bear in mind his phrases verbatim, is as a result of I wrote them down instantly after he left the shop. Furthermore, the dramatic plot in “Singing within the Rain” was all about what occurred when an actress with out singing expertise was made to look, and sound, like she had that means, on the expense of a naturally proficient singer. I believe that the ethical of the film was, merely, that actresses and actors with out sure skills shouldn’t be made to falsely seem to audiences to have such skills. Maybe, nonetheless, the film trade in Tinsel City was sadly shifting in that less-desirable path when the 1953 Oscars had been awarded. Maybe that is why an ideal musical was not given its due that yr.

I used to be born in 1951, and first noticed “Singing within the Rain” in 1969. That was partly as a result of my dad and mom weren’t, in any respect, movie-goers; and, additionally, partly due to my very own working priorities throughout my teenage years. I learn my first commentary in regards to the musical shortly after I noticed it, and recall how the forged had practiced regularly, day and night time, to realize choreographic perfection, to level of blistered and bleeding toes. Eighteen years after the musical premiered, I had presumed that the arduous work related to American achievement within the dancing, singing, and performing required for award-winning musicals was an indelible commonplace. , in affiliation with the previous American adage, “what’s arduous we do instantly; what’s inconceivable simply takes somewhat longer.” Effectively, I do not need to consider that there are not any extra multi-talented actors and actresses on the market, who can fantastically sing, dance, and act like Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. What’s extra, I do not need to consider that nice dancers, singers, and actors can solely seem as we speak as merchandise of establishments like Julliard, or as licensed prodigies. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor weren’t prodigies. They had been regular human beings who turned nice by regularly working arduous to enhance and excellent their inventive skills. And so they so completely did that in “Singing within the Rain.”


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