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Singin' in the Rain

1hr 43mins
Directed by
Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly,
Debbie Reynolds,
Donald O'Connor

Presented by Science on Screen, Jr. Dr. Daniel Davis, a member of Harvard University’s Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations team, introduces this iconic film about the birth of “talking pictures” with some ear- and eye-popping demonstrations illustrating the physics of sound.

About the Film

Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor combine their talents in one of the greatest big-screen musicals ever made, a two-time Oscar nominee that includes the songs "Good Morning," "Make 'Em Laugh" and the iconic title tune.

When Hollywood attempts the transition from silent films to talkies, a matinee idol (Kelly) hopes to make the cut. But he's hampered by a silent-movie queen (Jean Hagen) with a voice like fingernails on a blackboard.

About the Speaker

Dr. Daniel Davis is a member of Harvard Natural Science Lecture Demonstrations, a team of physicists and chemists who develop, construct, and present demonstrations to supplement Harvard University lectures in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology. These demonstrations clarify and enhance the scientific concepts presented in lecture with visible, memorable, and sometimes mind-blowing effects. Before he joined the Harvard demonstration team in 2015, Dr. Davis was program manager for live presentations at Boston’s Museum of Science.

Recommended for ages 6+.

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