Singin' in the Rain:
analysis sequence

As a sequence "You Were Meant for Me" is the first duet between the film's two central protagonists, Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden. As the film is a musical comedy the first 'formal' dance between the would be lovers could reasonably be expected to be of particular significance. That it occurs on a soundstage, while clearly a part of the self-reflexiveness of the film (and the genre), also provides a point where the diegetic concerns of the narrative enfold the more abstract arguments of the film, and as the first performance of their relationship it allows a mechanism for the film to elaborate the specific details of its argument within the more general contexts of its "thinking" through its terms.

The "You Were Meant For Me" sequence is bracketed by Monumental Studio's adoption of sound (demonstrated by the Busby Berkeley homage "Beautiful Girls") and the elocution lessons undertaken by Lina and Don for their first 'talkie'. Specifically it is a result of Cosmo's rediscovery of Kathy, now working as an extra at the studio, and so becomes the would be lovers first duet together.

Located on the cusp between the silent and the 'singing' cinema the sequence, within the general contexts of the film, operates as the marginal place (or space) within the larger liminal structure that the sequence (and indeed the film) utilises.

The sequence can be usefully divided into:

and each section, while clearly being informed by the film as a whole, appears to develop specific variations around the central and intertwined themes of musical cinema as transformaton, and textual seduction.

Created in 1998 by Adrian Miles, details, republished 2006.