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Returning to the Rain - The Literary Exhibitionist
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Returning to the Rain
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08282016-28


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It finally happened! We received Singin' in the Rain in the mail from Netflix -- I added it to my Blu-Ray delivery queue at the same time I added Postcards from the Edge, soon after the one-two punch deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. We saw Postcards from the Edge weeks ago -- and Shobhit commented on how strong the writing was -- but, since we clearly were far from the only people with this idea, next titles in my queue kept getting delivered instead because Singin' in the Rain was listed either as "Short Wait" or "Long Wait." Well, the wait is finally over.

So. Some thoughts about Singin' in the Rain.

*It's recognized by most critics as the best live-action musical ever made, in spite of it being neither a particularly innovative or game-changing film. It's just the best of the genre, or so say the critics. I feel like too much time has gone by, or perhaps I am just too young, for me to say with any real authority whether I agree with that; I can only say that I like Mary Poppins far more and that one remains my personal favorite musical. That said, I always enjoy the film when I see it.

*When looking at Box Office Mojo's top 200 movies of all time based on domestic grosses adjusted for inflation, Singin' in the Rain doesn't even appear on the list. Given how revered the film has become by critics and fans alike over time (the American Film Institute once ranked it as the fifth-best movie ever made; Entertainment Weekly published the 100 best in a book in 1998 that ranked it #10), I found this surprising. Instead, the most successful live-action musicals appear to be The Sound of Music (#3 overall, no surprise there); Mary Poppins (yay! -- #27 overall); and Grease (#28 overall -- I'll never understand this one; what a steaming pile of shit). I did find the movie's page in the one edition I own of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, in which it said audiences were "largely indifferent" to the film upon its initial release -- although that seems a dubious claim if it was the tenth-highest grossing film of that year. Still, its place in the hearts of critics and audiences alike has clearly strengthened over time. Even Shobhit remarked: "It was clearly a lot of work."

*I did not realize until reading the film's trivia page on imdb.com that Debbie Reynolds was only 19 when cast to play the part of Kathy Selden. Thus, it was the first time I made the connection of that parallel to Star Wars, as Carrie Fisher was 19 when she filmed that role.

*I'm not sure I've watched Singin' in the Rain since I went with a bunch of fellow Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus members in October 2003 -- I remembered seeing it with Julie, and I remember it being one of her favorite movies, but I had forgotten that we all went to a sing-along presentation of it at Cinerama. Evidently that was the third time I had ever seen it: I've only seen the film twice and only once recently before this, so I don't know any of the songs. ... I was kind of disappointed the first time I saw that movie, but now that I've seen it a few times it's really grown on me. I like it a lot, and I think I'd give it a solid A just as as itself. Great dance numbers. I would still agree with that last bit, at least.

*Shobhit remarked on how "pointless" the 13-minute "Broadway Melody Ballet" sequence was near the end of the film, and I have always kind of felt the same way. Debbie Reynolds isn't even a part of it. Neither is Donald O'connor, as I can recall. I mean, it's catchy and kind of fun to watch, but bears little relation otherwise to the story of the movie.

*Shobhit also asked if the movie was converted into a stage musical, which he assumes always happens with any successful movie musical (just as often happens the other way around). I explained that there were far too many musicals between the thirties and the sixties for that to happen with all of them -- but, I just learned, apparently there have been sixteen live productions around the world -- five in the UK and just one on Broadway (1985) -- although the first one did not happen until 1983, thirty-one years after the movie was released. So they weren't exactly in a hurry to translate it to the stage.

*And speaking of Postcards from the Edge -- the only connection to Singin' in the Rain being that it was a book written by the daughter of the lead female actor in it -- I couldn't remember if I had ever read the book itself. Turns out I have, in 2004 (thanks, Book Log!). I gave it a solid B. I can't otherwise remember it at all, but since I have now been reminded that I did read it, I don't feel any particular need to read it again.

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12082016-02


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What else? Before we even got home to watch the movie, Shobhit met me at the Starbucks on Pike and Broadway so he could walk with me on my way home from work, first to Trader Joe's for some taco shells and then to pick up my dry cleaning. Had had all the necessary vegetables chopped already for us to make ourselves tacos for dinner, also stir frying and using the veggie ground I've had for a while.

After the movie we worked together a bit on our taxes. Shobhit does the bulk of that now that we file jointly, since his finances have always been exponentially more complicated than mine. But he needs information from me on such things as medical expenses, utility expenses (because we -- or rather, I -- pay for them and yet we have a roommate who uses them), and charitable donations. I keep forgetting that apparently my SIFF membership fee is tax deductible. That should make Shobhit more comfortable with my paying or it every year! Although that hardly matters; Shobhit is used to that expense so that's one that he never bitches about.

We also worked on the New York Times crossword puzzle for a bit, but then I got tired. I fell asleep around 10:30, and Shobhit had stayed in the bedroom, just watching his news show clips online using his headphones connected to his laptop. Except I had been asleep all of thirty minutes when he went to the kitchen to grab one of the taco shells for a snack, came back to sit on the bed, and crunch-crunch-crunch on that shell. How the fuck am I supposed to sleep through that? I got slightly pissy about it and so he took the laptop back out to the living room, leaving me to sleep in peace.

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