Singin' in the Rain:
Don and Kathy

Don and KathyThis leaves Don and Kathy as the characters found between these extremes, whose task it is to largely mediate between the demands that each offers: the synergy of creativity, dance and music, and the coldly literal world of contracts, studio production, and successful careers. This is, of course, why the film allows these two to form a couple, and why the resolution of their relationship is so intimately tied to the success of the musical and to the unveiling of legitimate musical skill. Their relationship becomes the story of the film, and as suggested it is not so much that the musical allows the couple to become lovers, as the lovers allow the cinema to become 'musical'.

Their place and role as 'mediators' is expressed in numerous ways throughout the film, with perhaps the simplest examples being their dance styles. Don has various vaudeville routines, though all are done with Cosmo, while Kathy is first introduced as part of a dance group and her major dance is in fact 'You Were Meant for Me'.

Don, of course, has the title dance, perhaps the most famous dance in the history of the musical, but this dance, perhaps ironically, is where Don most approaches Cosmo in dance style and improvisation. That it is Don's dance is clear at its conclusion, where the policeman's critical stare is enough for Don to stop, whereas Cosmo's solo can only end at the point of physical exhaustion where he literally throws himself out of frame.

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