New technologies have enabled the preservation of hundreds of films otherwise in danger of fading and disintegration (Learn more). The digital remastering of the MGM classic, "Singing in the Rain," enabled Turner Classic Movies to show the film once again on the big screen--one night only (August 22, 2012)--at movie theaters across the country.
Having only seen the film on a small television set, usually alone, the experience of seeing it larger than life as a member of an audience was wonderful. We laughed together, cheered, and clapped--some of us sang along (quietly...). Everyone left the theater smiling.
In a filmed interview with TCM's Robert Osborne, Debbie Reynolds commented on her experience making the movie. She was only 18 years old, had never danced before, and found co-star and director Gene Kelly quite the taskmaster. That insight was a reminder of the hard work that goes into those effortless dance numbers. The film was also a reminder of how much I like Donald O'Connor. Netflix will be sending me a copy of "Francis the Talking Mule" quite soon.