At MGM if you sing in the rain, Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s musical Valentine, into the silent film era of Hollywood, into the world of talkies, was released in the spring of 1952 and instantly captivated moviegoers.write in of new york times, critic Bosley Crowther wrote, “This rainbow program lavishly combines music, dance, spectacle of color, and the raucous abundance of Gene Kelly, Gene Hagen, and Donald O’Connor on screen. Every element of is carefully conceived and guaranteed to lift your grief.It’ll get you in the mood for winter.” The film was a box office hit, becoming the tenth highest-grossing film in North America. It was ranked as a good movie. The Writers Guild of America awarded Betty Comden and Adolph Green for Best Musical of America. The Directors Guild nominated Kelly and Donen for Outstanding Director. It was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globe Awards.
However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was less than impressed and gave the film a relative cold shoulder. Playing a diminutive, silent movie star with a grated voice, it was nominated for highest score in a film. of greatest show on earthwhich appears in the work of Steven Spielberg, is now widely regarded as one of the winners of the worst and greatest pictures of all time. favermans As the first film to influence the fledgling filmmaker.)
The Academy has certainly changed in 70 years, but still, if you sing in the rainfailed to impress the old academy doesn’t bode well for Damien Chazelle. BabylonGiven that new films revisit the same period, chances with a new academy, Hollywood’s hasty and frenzied transition to talkies, and references along the way sign in’ — directly and indirectly.
Over 3 hours from the first screening Babylon This is just to politely say that for everyone who enjoyed the movie, there were many more who enjoyed throwing it away. Critics were definitely mixed. Babylon It holds a moderate 55 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a barely 60 percent on Metacritic. new york timesManohra Dargis dismissed the film as “bloated stupidity” los angeles timesJustin Chang was more appreciative of what he described as a “wild and evocative cinematic bacchanal”. It received a C+ CinemaScore rating.
If you need more punctuation, Babylon It was a huge box office success. The $80 million Paramount release raked in just $4.9 million from 3,343 theaters over the four-day Christmas weekend.
it would appear to seal BabylonThe fate of, sinks its prize hopes.The Academy doesn’t penalize small films that don’t sell tickets, but they tend to distrust big-budget films showing in empty theaters. Babylonseveral critics and award groups stepped in and gave the film their support before its box office inscription was written.
When the Golden Globe nominations were announced on December 12th, Babylon Firmly picked up 5 nods. We’ve gamified the system a bit by competing in comedy and musical categories. · Pitt’s nominations and score nominations were featured.
Two days later, when the Critics’ Choice Award nominees (very predictable for the Oscar nominations) were revealed, Babylonto associate with Inishelin’s Banshee, collected nine nominations. (that’s all All at once, anywhere14, and favermanswhich was better at 11.) In addition to best picture, director and actress, it gathered six craft nominations. That strength could help propel him into the best of photography circles at the Academy Awards. Babylon It won spots for makeup and hairstyling, score and sound.
even so Babylon There is also a possibility that the box office will go into oblivion, and it will attract attention. In fact, it’s shaped up as one of the season’s most hotly debated award contenders.Babylon It’s really bad. It’s the most disturbing movie I’ve seen in years,” Landmark Theaters founder Kim Jorgensen blasted the film in a Facebook post. However, in another of his Facebook entries, film historian Joseph McBride wrote: Babylon I love it last night. A very sad film about the tragic decline and collapse of the great film industry and the art form it spawned. ”
A heated debate like that could mean the Oscars are out of reach Babylonbut that doesn’t rule out many nominations — perhaps two or more if you sing in the rain It has been achieved, which is ironic.
This story first appeared in the January 5th issue of The Hollywood Reporter.Click here to subscribe.