by Dennis Polifroni
(U.S.A. 1952 103 min.) DVD
p. Arthur Freed d. Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen w. Betty Comden, Adolf Green m. Nacio Herb Brown lyrics. Arthur Freed ph. Harold Rosson e. Adrienne Fazan art. Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell
Gene Kelly (Don Lockwood), Debbie Reynolds (Kathy Seldon), Donald O’Connor (Cosmo Brown), Jean Hagan (Lina Lamont), Millard Mitchell (R. F. Simpson), Rita Moreno (Zelda Zanders), Douglas Fowley (Roscoe Dexter), King Donovan (Publicity Head), Judy Landon (Olga Mara), Madge Blake (Radio Interviewer), Cyd Charisse (Dream Girl/Gun Moll)
It really is an iconic moment when you think about it…
The protagonist struts out of a doorway and onto an open-air set that fans out to the entire expanse of the film frame. Smiling, he strolls past the camera with a slight spring in his step. The slow appearance of a curl that will lead to a big smile begins to grow on his face the way a weed would grow in the presence of many a rainy night. He continues to stroll, the happiness of his day has lead to his evening and the man begins to hum.