Singin' in the Rain

Posted by skoons on September 17, 2010 

I encourage everyone in the community to see "Singin' in the Rain," a 1952 musical starring Gene Kelly, at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre. Gerry Sussman, a semi-retired Penn State business professor and a fellow Film Collective member, will deliver an introduction to the film before the 7 p.m. screening. Read the column I wrote about the movie in today's Weekender: http://www.centredaily.com/2010/09/17/2214811/singin-in-the-rain-a-special-kind.html.

While I hate to seem like a proselytiser, I am passionate about supporting the State Theatre. I don't think I've ever seen a bad film there; I've certainly seen many movies, especially the foreign language ones, that I would never have seen if they weren't playing at the State. Most recently, I saw "Winter's Bone," a film about a teenage girl living in poverty in the Ozarks who searches for her father, who is scheduled to appear in court on drug charges. The father has put the family's property up as bond, so if he doesn't show, or is proved dead, the family will be homeless. The performances were terrific and the story was mesmerizing, but I was disappointed to only see a handful of people in the audience, and most of them seemed to be in their '60s and '70s. As I've told some of my friends, I don't understand why more people in my age group ('20s-'30s) aren't interested in seeing films that are a little outside the mainstream.

The State Theatre truly offers something for everyone, and "Singin' in the Rain" has timeless appeal for all generations. Hope to see you on Sunday.

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