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“Dignity, always dignity”/Don Lockwood's star narrative

by Kate Fortmueller

In this early scene from Singin' in the Rain, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is asked to tell the story of his rise to fame in Hollywood. As we hear in this clip, Lockwood's presents himself as a trained actor who rose up through the theater. What we see in this clip is something completely different. Rather than receiving theatrical training, Lockwood came up in vaudeville and later entered the film business as a stunt man. This clip indicates the tension between high and low culture throughout the film. In this sequence, the disparity between Kelly’s words and the images in the flashback suggests that filmmaking is undignified and lacks artistic pretensions. This message, however, is not consistent throughout Singin' in the Rain, which includes Gene Kelly's requisite dream ballet later in the film.

“Dignity, always dignity”/Don Lockwood's star narrative

by Kate Fortmueller

In this early scene from Singin' in the Rain, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) is asked to tell the story of his rise to fame in Hollywood. As we hear in this clip, Lockwood's presents himself as a trained actor who rose up through the theater. What we see in this clip is something completely different. Rather than receiving theatrical training, Lockwood came up in vaudeville and later entered the film business as a stunt man. This clip indicates the tension between high and low culture throughout the film. In this sequence, the disparity between Kelly’s words and the images in the flashback suggests that filmmaking is undignified and lacks artistic pretensions. This message, however, is not consistent throughout Singin' in the Rain, which includes Gene Kelly's requisite dream ballet later in the film.

Singin' in the Rain (1952) - Dignity

In this sequence Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) tells the story of his origins, but the image tells a conflicting story.

from Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Creator: Stanley Donen
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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