What movie does every film lover need to see at least once on the big screen before they die?

There are many movies that should be seen on a big screen such as “Days of Heaven” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” but every film lover needs to see “Singin’ in the Rain” on a big screen. Until last year, I only seen the 1952 classic movie about a silent film production company making the transition into sound on TV–butchered in order to make room for commercials. Directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly were both dancers, accounting for the attention to detail in the dance scenes. Doner would become known as King of the Musicals.

The dance numbers need to be seen large. Many people will have seen dance numbers inspired by the “Singin’ in the Rain” dance routine, but one needs to see the original. In the movie, we see a young Debbie Reynolds becoming a dancer as she holds her own against Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the number “Good Morning” and Donald O’Connor performing “Make ’em Laugh.” There’s also Cyd Charisse in a duet with Kelly.  Without seeing this film, how can you truly understand the recent “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Artist,” or even  “A  Clockwork Orange,” “Legal Eagles” or “Wall-E”?  Or on a small scale,  there’s also the 2005 VW Golf commercial and episodes of “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “Glee.”

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