4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A for research, C for writing,
This review is from: Singin' in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece (Hardcover)
There is a rising trend of books by writers who are really researchers (albeit excellent ones) badly in need of an editor. This book is an example of that.
The authors left no stone unturned in searching out minutiae related to this classic movie, almost entirely from previously published sources. And they plopped it all into the book, unfiltered. The result: a lot of unacknowledged repetition, frequent tedious passages and an awkward structure. What's worse, the trivial and the important are given equal weight. Information that warrants only a sentence or two (e.g., too much of Cyd Charisse's thigh being exposed in the film's ballet) ends up filling a page.
This type of book was more valuable in the pre-VHS era, when watching a movie upon demand was not an option. But we're in different times.
UPDATED IN 2013:
Here's what I recommend. Obtain Singin in the Rain (60th Anniversary) [Blu-ray], which was released about three years after the book. It brings great improvement in picture and sound quality, and includes a documentary on the film as well as a commentary track with several of the stars and creative personnel. You'll get all the important background information from that.