WEST ORANGE, NJ  - On Sunday, January 27, at 2:00 pm, The West Orange Classic Film Festival brings Singin in the Rain to the Essex Green AMC Theater on Prospect Avenue.  According to Wikipedia, Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film starring Gene KellyDonald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds and directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also providing the choreography. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies."

The film was only a modest hit when first released, with O'Connor's Best Actor win at the Golden Globes and Comden and Green's win at the Writers Guild of America Awards being the only major recognitions. However, it was accorded its legendary status by contemporary critics. It is now frequently described as one of the best musicals ever made,[2] topping the AFI's 100 Years of Musicals list, and ranking fifth in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007."

Check out this clip from the movie: .

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Despite its humble beginnings, Singin In The Rain is now a true American classic.  A few tickets remain for the 2:00 showing, and can be purchased at www.fandango.com.  Tickets are $10.00 apiece. A 25% discount is offered to members of the Arts Council. (The West Orange Arts Council (WOAC)  offers yearly memberships. A 25% discount is given to members off the $10.00 ticket price. A 10% discount at Jerry's Art Outlet, along with other benefits and programs, are also offered. Memberships are $15 Individual; $10 Student; $10 Senior (individual); $25 Family; and $50 Art Organization).  Play a part in the Arts! Join at http://woartscouncil.org.

Following the movie, Stephen Whitty, movie and film critic for New Yorker magazine, as well as the Star Ledger, will discuss the movie with the audience.

Take advantage of the week off from football and enjoy a fun afternoon at the movies!