W-100: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

singin in the rainWhite One Hundred: 100 Great Films Starring Only White People, #15Singin’ in the Rain—For the record, I’m not a big fan of musicals. In fact, you can probably count on one hand the number of musical that I actually like. Sound of Music? Hate it. South Pacific? Hate it. Singin’ in the Rain? Okay, I actually like this movie. I like it a lot. I saw for the first time a little over ten years ago, when it was reissued for its 50th anniversary, and though I went in expecting to hate it, I was pleasantly surprised. Since then, I’ve only seen the film a few times, so I could be wrong, but I serious don’t recall seeing any people of color—not even as background extras. And lets be honest with each other, a background extra is not enough to keep a movie from making the White One Hundred, as evidenced by the inclusion of Big. So, yeah, maybe there is some random person of color in the background of Singin’ in the Rain, pushing a broom or waiting for a bus, but if there is, I didn’t see ‘em, and even then, it really isn’t enough. EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been pointed out to me that Rita Moreno is in Singin’ in the Rain, which means it does not belong in the White One Hundred. Sorry for the error.

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