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    Lord, I found this non-film monumentally, dreadfully and painfully tedious. I couldn't get past 20 minutes of it. Then I bailed because truthfully, it wasn't going to get any better. If you love it, good for you. So sorry, no amount of explaining why I should appreciate it due to some historical merit will win me over.
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    OK, 1776 is showing on 4th of July (of course) on TCM. I will try watching it. But honestly, watching actors singing and dancing as colonials debating American Independence sounds like 2 hours of my life I'll never get back.
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    Yes, there was mention in the wrap up. Just a passing mention though. Meanwhile not one but two discussions, at length, on 1776.
  4. I seriously don't get the gushing about this movie. Maybe it's because I'm not American??? I consider myself a pretty well-informed film buff. Frankly, I've never even heard of this movie-based-on-a-stage-musical. And, after listening to the lecture discussions, I'm not exactly itching to watch it. Seems the only thing recommending it is it's a pet-fave of the instructor. In fact, this seems to be an example of letting personal prejudices influencing academic perspective. Meanwhile, where is a discussion of Saturday Night Fever as "disruptive" and a landmark musical film for the 70s? I was NOT a fan of the whole disco wave, but in hindsight, this movie was HUGE and a real game changer. Even if you look at it in terms of soundtrack sales. Is it just me?
  5. I'm just surprised that Week 1 talked about house style of various studio musicals in the 30s and it's not even mentioned in Week 2. I know MGM was the major studio for big Technicolor musicals in the 40s, but what other studios were doing should at least get a mention. All the behind the scenes experts covered (set & costume, scriptwriting, editing, etc) were all MGM as well.
  6. The Love Parade, discussed last week, was a Paramount picture
  7. In reviewing material to make notes for the quiz (yes, I actually do that), other than Yankee Doodle Dandy from Warners, the emphasis is squarely on MGM and Garland, Kelly, et. al for the 1940s, principally a handful of films.
  8. Musicals were fantasies right from the get-go. In "Footlight Parade" the premise of travelling prologues for movies is laughable. I mean, these were supposed to be presented on a simple stage in movie theatres. That "By a Waterfall" Busbey Berkeley production number had 300 choreographed swimmers, along with movable swimming pools.
  9. I have a weird obsession with collecting out-of-print movie-tie in editions. Search ABE books (Advanced Book Exchange) for reputable editions but apparently this is a long out of print title. There are a few editions that are slightly cheaper, but you'll still have to pay for an early tie in edition. FYI, one of my most prized possessions is the 1929 photoplay edition of "The Broadway Melody" from 1929.
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    Ruby Keeler

    I've always thought of Ruby Keeler as a triple non-threat. She couldn't sing, dance or act. But I wait for the lines in (I think) 42nd Street (they were all the same) where she she responds to "you're going out a youngster, but you're coming back a star". With "Who, me?". And when Ginger Rogers says something like "I can't carry a show, but you've got a great little trooper who can". Of course Ginger could carry the show. She could dance rings around Ruby. But Ruby non-talent is totally charming.
  11. Does anyone remember the Simpson's episode based on Rear Window?
  12. I was going to add my thoughts on this but you've pretty much touched on all the points I was going to make. Considering the amount of material to be covered and all the juggling that I'm sure the Prof had to do, kudos on a brilliantly executed course. A few lecture notes were posted a bit late and I think everyone took it in stride.
  13. I'd sign up for a Pre-Code course in a heartbeat. Lots of late 20s/early 30s"social context" a prof could cover. It has to tie into a month long festival that TCM would run and I think that would be do-able summer festival on their end. I believe they've done some Pre-code evenings in the past?
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    Third Man

    Sorry, here is her picture!
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    Third Man

    My office mate casually informed me that her first apartment was in Vienna, across the street from the Third Man ferris wheel, the Prater. She gave me this pic of the view from her living room window. I mean seriously, how cool is that?

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