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Screening of Upbeat Musical Signals Spring
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 18, 2006

Singin in the Rain posterEAU CLAIRE — "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), considered by many to be the best musical-comedy of all time, will screen April 20-23 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The film will be presented at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Schofield Auditorium.

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Cyd Charisse star in Comden and Green's affectionate look back to 1927, when sound revolutionized the movies. Vintage tunes include "You Were Meant for Me," "Good Morning," "All I Do is Dream of You," "You Are My Lucky Star," and the title song, all written by producer Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown.

"The joyous film, co-directed by Stanley Donen and acrobatic dancer-star-choreographer Gene Kelly, is a charming, up-beat, graceful and thoroughly enjoyable experience with great songs, lots of flashbacks, wonderful dances, casting and story," wrote Tim Dirks (The Greatest Films). "'Singin' in the Rain' is one of the most-loved and celebrated film musicals of all time from MGM, before a mass exodus to filmed adaptations of Broadway plays emerged as a standard pattern. It was made directly for film and was not a Broadway adaptation. Surprisingly, this great film was basically ignored by film critics when released and treated with indifference. It received only two Academy Award nominations and didn't win any awards."

"The verdict of the years knows better than Oscar," wrote critic Roger Ebert, in citing this as one of the great movies. "'Singin' in the Rain' is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it."

The 103-minute Technicolor film is rated G.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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