In his own Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Allen appears as a struggling documentary film maker who is pursuing a relationship (with limited success) with a journalist played by Mia Farrow. They hear that a philosophy professor who he has been film, has committed suicide, news that puts them both into shock. Later, he invites her to watch a 16mm print of Singin’ in the Rain in his editing room, and he explains that whenever he is depressed, he puts the same film on. In the next scene, they are enjoying the film together.
This is indeed a film that has the power to cheer us up when we need it. Yesterday Japan, the country where I have lived for years, was hit by an enormous earthquake and tsunami. I of course knew about the earthquake, but didn’t know the extent of the damage or anything about the tsunami as I watched RKO 281 last night. Now that more is coming out about the disaster, I turned to Singin’ in the Rain for a bit of soothing. While it can be dangerous to ignore the problems around us, I am so thankful for movies and their power to take us away from our problems even for a short while.