Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday's Music Moment - A Time for Dance

We celebrated the new year yesterday by taking a trip back to 1952 - we went to the gorgeous Castro Theatre in San Francisco for a matinee of "Singin' In The Rain" on the big screen. About two years ago we went through a phase of renting old Hollywood musicals for the kids and this was a distinct favorite, so we were excited to see it on the big screen.

You can't pick a better place for a movie than the Castro - all art deco glory, Peet's in the lobby, and an organ that rises and lowers into the stage. We realized that we'd just missed the Sing A Long Sound of Music, will have to hit that when it's in town again next time. Coming next: The Berlin and Beyond Film festival, which I'm really going to make an effort to get to this year - have to keep the Deutsch up to snuff.

And I kind of like that every time we go to the Castro with the Moby Dick bar kitty corner to the LGBT museum, we have to have a frank discussion about gay rights - my kids are growing up Bay Area residents, for sure. (Though I'm praying they didn't see the gift shop with the BIG PENIS BOOK in the front window, festively tied with a red bow for the holidays.)

Anyway the movie is better every time I see it. On the way home we had a vote for favorite song and there three-way tie (between "Good Mornin'," "Make 'Em Laugh," and "Moses") but Moses won out for my Friday blog because it illustrates something I only realized yesterday watching the film on the big screen. Gene Kelly is able to completely isolate his head when he dances. If you covered up the rest of his body you might not even know he was dancing, such is his control- no bobbing and weaving in exertion. Donald O'Connor is fantastic, but Kelly was really in a class by himself.

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