Thursday, April 13, 2023

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Lina Lamont: If we bring a little joy into your
humdrum lives, it makes us feel as though our hard
work ain't been in vain for nothin'. Bless you all.

Director Stanley Donen was born 99 years ago today -- once I saw that and started doing the math I was shocked to realize that meant he was only 28 when he directed Singin' in the Rain??? I had no idea that movie came from that young a man, but I guess that makes sense now that I do realize it. I'm hesitant to make this comparison because I don't particularly like Damien Chazelle's movies (and he'll love this compliment) but Singin' in the Rain probably felt to 1952 audiences like what Chazelle's movies do now -- vibrant and fresh and explosive. Chazelle in my opinion doesn't know how to control the fire-hose once it's in his hands going at full blast, but he's certainly poppin' off. And Donen making this movie at 28 must've had that same kind of energy in its moment. 

1 comment:

Shawny said...

I got a little steamy with your firehose imagery...