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Cinema loves rain

Cinema loves rain

By Mark Cousins   September 2002

Name a great painting about rain. Scan the history of classical, renaissance, or modern art and you’ll find very few important examples. Wind, yes. Sunshine, of course. And fog (Oscar Wilde’s quip: London was not foggy until Whistler), but not rain. We get its aftermath, wet streets and biblical floods, but seldom have painters looked at rain in the present tense, as a visual moment.

In painting, rain is very hard to do. In cinema, rain is another matter. The title scene of the MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain, where Gene Kelly dances in a downpour shot on a…

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