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  1. 38 points
    Yes I would agree that the clip makes the weight of the time period disappear. Most people went to movies to escape and this would have been in that same vein. I believe that it made light of the world around them and that even money was not to be taken too seriously. The reply "yes I am tryng to lose weight" when the doorman told him he gave him a 5 pound note emphasized the frivolity of the film. The fact that Miss Held flitted back and forth in her decision to meet or not meet Florence Ziegfeld and her decision being influenced by the beauty of the orchids and not even knowing who he was brings more of the lighthearted feel to this musical.
  2. 28 points
    HI Everyone. I thought it might be fun to get started with an opening topic for a discussion where anyone who would like to contribute to this topic can, even before we officially begin the course modules on Monday. So, here is a question for anyone to ponder and respond to: what musical have you found yourself watching repeatedly, and what is it about that musical that you believe makes it enticing to you for repeated viewings? Let's start there as a place to explore what musicals provide for us as individuals and as a film community. I would even open this topic to explore what musicals provide for us as a culture. So there we are. This is where I would like to start. Have a great weekend. Dr. Vanessa Theme Ament Professor, TCM Presents Mad About Musicals Endowed Chair, Telecommunications Ball State University
  3. 21 points
    On the Town, Holiday Inn, Singing in the Rain. Anything Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire.
  4. 18 points
    I've been a lifelong film student and my first love was the musical. My parents took me to see That's Entertainment! when I was 8 and from that point on, I couldn't get enough. I think the reason that musicals speak to me is the joy of putting music in all situations. Life would seem less dreary sometimes if it had a beautiful orchestral soundtrack. Most musicls are positive and have happy endings. Everything is resolved and everyone is happy at the end. Real life doesn't provide that so it's a nice escape. I never tire of Fred Astaire. I will revisit any of his films. He is so smooth. I love Judy Garland's vulnerability. She can tear your heart out with her eyes and her voice. I'm not sure I can narrow down any one, or even ten musicals that I come back to. Certainly, The Band Wagon (1953), The Pirate (1948), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Good News (1947), Two Girls and a Sailor (1944), and Guys and Dolls (1955) I love them all.
  5. 18 points
    It just so happens that Victor/Victoria happens to be one of my favorite musicals! I’ve seen it so many times, I can act it out! LOL!
  6. 17 points
    I love anything with Fred Astaire. Whenever TCM shows his movie I’m there watching! I love his dancing!
  7. 17 points
    From yesteryear to modern films, I never seem to grow tired of viewing some titles repeatedly. I grew up watching great musicals such as Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Meet Me in St. Louis, Mame and countless others. I should be embarrassed for the number of times i have sat down and viewed The Sound of Music or The Music Man, but with every passing year my fondness for these titles seems to grow.
  8. 15 points
    I think the main four musicals that I always come back to are Cover Girl, On An Island With You, Singin' in the Rain, and High Society, though there are many, many others! I'm trying to think of a theme that connects the four and one that would explain why I keep watching them again and again, and I think it's because they're all visually appealing, are beautifully shot in Technicolor, have talented stars and inspirational songs that help lift my spirits, and have a steady romance that I always end up rooting for. I think you could say that about most musicals, though! 😊
  9. 14 points
    Hi Everyone! As we start the course, I will be posting a forum for you to post your responses to the Daily Dose of Delight, which will be available every Monday through Thursday. Here is the first one for Monday. Recall that you watched a clip from The Great Ziegfeld. As you watched it, we were discussing the early beginnings of the movie musical in the historical context. With that in mind, look at the three questions below, as I listed them below the clip on Canvas, and post your thoughts. I look forward to reading your responses/ Here are a few discussion starters (though feel free to come up with your own): 1. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? 2. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. Vanessa Theme Ament, Ph.D. Endowed Chair, Telecommunications Ball State University
  10. 14 points
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  11. 14 points
    Like many others - I enjoy a variety of musicals (Sound of Music, Oklahoma, West Side Story, 1776). But I can NEVER turn away from Fred and Ginger - no matter how many times I've seen them. My favorite dance sequence is the first one in Swing Time. So amazing - much of it in one long take! And the way they fly over the little "fence" around the dance floor as if they're floating - lifts my heart! And Fred singing "The Way You Look Tonight" from the same film - so sweet! And I love Fred and Eleanor Powell's "Begin the Beguine" number in The Broadway Melody of 1940. The way her skirt keeps whirling around her after they've finished the dance is pure magic. And I can never get enough of the Nicholas Brothers "Jumpin' Jive" number in Stormy Weather. Grace and athleticism! Finally NO ONE sings "Over the Rainbow" better than Judy did in The Wizard of Oz! --Lydia
  12. 14 points
    Some of my favorite musicals include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Cabaret, The Wizard of Oz and Funny Girl. Out of those listed, Funny Girl has to be my favorite for many reasons, but mostly due to Barbra Streisand's extraordinary performance. She commands the film as her own and gives every moment on screen her all, resulting in arguably one of the greatest musicals of all time. She is the greatest star! Color is another factor that comes into play with the films I listed. I agree with annsblyth that technicolor adds to the appeal of many musicals, it definintely is an element in all of my favorites. It helps create the fascinating world on screen that we can escape into if only for a could of hours. Black & White musicals can be just as appealing if the music is right and other visual elements are used. Shows like Cabin in the Sky, Showboat, or any Busby Berkeley film may lack color, but they contain the heart and soul of the musical, the music, and in some cases visually stunning numbers as well.
  13. 13 points
    It's a great question. It is something that we have been looking into. The biggest issue is that the courses do thrive and sustain themselves on the interactions among the students. As my team has designed the courses at Ball State, the Canvas material matters, but we value the legion of film fans who come together as a student community even more - we get tens of thousands of tweets, thousands of message board posts, hundreds of notes on the Padlet bulletin board, we share live tweeting, we come together around Shindig events - so the courses have been designed, like a film festival, around the presence of many students. That is part of the key that I think makes these courses so special and memorable. That said, we are aware that many of you want access to the materials of the older courses - that is something that we are looking into. Thanks for your interest in these courses! And hope Best, Richard Edwards Instructor, TCM Presents Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir (2015), TCM Presents Painfully Funny: Exploring Slapstick Comedy (2016) and TCM Presents the Master of Suspense: 50 Years of Hitchcock (2017) Ball State University
  14. 13 points
    I have always had a yearly tradition of watching 1776 on the 4th of July. I have always considered 1776 one of the best musicals for learning about American History. The movie is absolutely perfect and so are the actors and the music.
  15. 11 points
    I'm an historian by trade, so "1776" is one of my favorite musicals, and one that I love to share with others. Also, my mom and I truly love "The Sound of Music." We can watch it over-and-over without ever getting tired. My favorite song is "Edelweiss," and I always cry at the moment when the Captain motions for the crowd to join in singing and the camera shows Austrians sitting in the stands singing along. "Singin' in the Rain" has some of my favorite musicals moments. I've watched Donald O'Connor perform "Make Em' Laugh" so many times that one might think it would get old, but it never ever fails to bring a smile to my face. One of my goals in life is to learn the dance to "Moses Supposes." And I can remember being obsessed with the title song as a little kid. That crane shot that pulls back from the street level while Gene Kelly twirls in a circle holding the umbrella out is one of my favorite moments in film history (not just movie musical history) - I'm a sucker for crane shots. Incidentally, I think the most significant moment in movie history is the moment when Dorothy opens the door into Oz. The technical effects that were used to make that scene even happen is amazing, as well as that great shot over her shoulder into Munchkin Land. And I really feel that moving from a world of sepia into one of Technicolor marks a time in film history where everything changed from that moment on. What an amazing film!
  16. 11 points
    Hello everyone. The musicals that I watch repeatedly are White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Holiday Inn and usually any Fred and Ginger musical. There are so many good musicals out there that it is hard to really choose. But, I do like Christmas musicals most of all.
  17. 11 points
    Oh boy, that’s a tough one. Give me a musical with Eleanor Powell. I just love to watch her dance. She is incredible! The first musical that I fell in love with was My Fair Lady. I loved the costumes and the chemistry between the characters. And, of course, the music. I think I saw it twenty times. Then Gigi. I also love quirky musicals like Godspell. I guess I like them all. Lol
  18. 11 points
    It was 'The Wizard of Oz' that started my deep interest and love for movie musicals and classic movies generally. I was watching it every day for a month before I was introduced to 'Meet Me in St. Louis' to broaden my film experience! Judy Garland was the driving force in 'Oz' - she was so warm and real, she shone on screen and inspired me so much. <3
  19. 11 points
    Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, anything with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, anything with Gene Kelly...could go on and on! Looking forward to learning more.
  20. 11 points
    Easy answer, Yankee Doodle Dandy!! I guess it is considered a biographical musical, the theme of the story, James Gagney’s acting and above all else his dancing, just wow!! I have watched this so many times and am always entertained and just left feeling good!!
  21. 11 points
    Camelot is an all-time favorite. Swing time, Top Hat, An American in Paris...musicals make you feel good, its the purist escapism in film.
  22. 11 points
    Hi David, We opened the course at midnight. You can now peruse the course and modules will open up as each day's lessons are ready to view. Monday will be the first official day for content, but there is plenty to look at prior to that. Be sure to be familiar with the films that TCM will be showing. Have fun. I look forward to hearing what you think about everything. Dr. Vanessa Theme Ament Professor, TCM Presents Mad About Musicals Endowed Chair, Telecommunications Ball State University
  23. 10 points
    Why doesn’t TCM Allow others to take the previous courses that were offered for free? I looked at the other course offerings on Canvas. It would seem only appropriate to have the previous courses such as the one on Hitchcock available for those who were not able to take the course at the original time. Canvas has so many other courses available to anyone at anytime - past the original offer date. Please think about that.
  24. 10 points
    My mom used to diss modern avant-garde movies. She didn’t like the non-linear plots and the twists and ambiguities, and I used to argue with her that’s there’s no odder turn in a movie than for a group of people to suddenly burst into organized song and dance! THERE’s surrealism for you! Just depends on what you’re used to.
  25. 10 points
    The Happiest Millionaire..I like Tommy Steele. His quirky dancing, optimism and brit aire. Mary Poppins.and The Sound of Music as well... Julie Andrews with her incredible voice and cheeky disposition. It brings back a time of innocence.

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