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4.0 out of 5 stars Milestone in Gene Kelley's career but uneven musical., 4 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Cover Girl [DVD] [1944] (DVD)
For "Cover Girl" Columbia borrowed Gene Kelly from MGM and gave him creative control over his own section of the film, this included knocking down soundstage walls to build a complete street for dance sequences, and the presence of a fire hydrant is a forcible reminder of "Singing in the Rain".

It is fascinating to watch Kelly's creative talent mature as the film progresses; there are some really memorable dance and song sequences, the one where he dances with himself for example.

However for me this leads to a very uneven musical, especially as the story takes place in two different periods, the present and fifty years previously, and this somehow conflicts with Kelly's evolving techniques.

The Technicolor is highly saturated and does not flatter Rita, she looks far more glamorous in black and white with Fred Astaire in "You were never lovelier".

I am pleased to have seen this film but it is not one I want to return to often.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2010, 14:57:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2010, 15:05:10 GMT
Apart from my review, so far yours is the best as you acknowledge that it's not really a film to see over and over again. I've watched it twice and that's enough for me now. There are many better musicals than this.
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