roblevy

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  1. roblevy

    Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    Hello, I am interested in getting a St. Louis Chapter going. Please see doe a message if interested. We already have a few people who have signed up!
  2. roblevy

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    Again per TCM, I am starting a second totally different chapter. We need two more members. It was recommended by TCM that we select a different theatre than the Gravois one to avoid confusion. As Yacov from TCM pointed out t me, several cities have more than one sanctioned chapters. So this is a different chapter from the one that already exists. this one is focusing on the St. Louis Metro area and Eastern Illinois. If you would like to join please send me an email.We have a calendar of events planned for through mid 2020 and some excited gettogethers as well!
  3. roblevy

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    Per the advice of TCM I am organizing a 2nd St. Louis Chapter, this one is more centrally located (St. Louis City and County and St. Charles as well as parts of Eastern Illinois). We will meet monthly at TCM events as well other film endeavors around the metro area. There already is a STL chapter and they are meeting in Fenton, but if you would like to be more local and help with another chapter send me a private message.
  4. roblevy

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    Again, there seems to be several different things happening at once and we need to sort it out to avoid confusion. There are at least different threads about this which is nuts. In January I set up a Facebook page and coordinated a theater location for the chapter. I've also been in contact with several local film organizations for potential events and activities. What I need going forward our verified names, emails and social media info potential members to get to TCM. Then we can get the ball rolling.
  5. roblevy

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    There are a few opportunities in March for get togethers and events that we could send to TCM as well. We also will need to try and find a time to meet up.
  6. roblevy

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    Ok, I've been working on this for a few months now. Can everyone send me your email address and Facebook info and I can send you info on the Facebook page that has been created? We should have enough for a chapter and I can get that info to the contact at TCM I've been dealing with.
  7. roblevy

    Organizing St. Louis Chapter

    I wish you would have reached out ti me before setting anything up. I posted this as the organizer and you just stepped in and started all of this before consulting me or anyone and now we have an issue.
  8. roblevy

    Organizing St. Louis Chapter

    OK new need to sort this out since I already talked to TCM who said there wasn't a chapter and they signed off on me starting one. so we need to figure h=out which one is going up and which FB page to use etc...
  9. roblevy

    Organizing St. Louis Chapter

    Great We are at #!!!!!
  10. Hello, I am interested in organizing a St. Louis TCM Backlot chapter! Is there any interest?
  11. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? The staging is done with great care with the intention of developing the character and also to help connect the audiences with a protagonist via a new technology. he is very precise in his placement of items and in his shot selection. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. The sound gets louder or quieter based on how close the actors are from the center of the screen. The sound is all pervasive. I suspect for viewers it was a sensoryThe score also rises and falls with the action in the film. overload. A specific sound is the gunshot near the beginning. It comes after the audiences hear's 'her husband.' What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? There is a recurring theme of decadence as well as an ongoing theme that women are prizes to be competed for. There is also a sense of escapism in the film.
  12. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? The men need to work harder to 'get the girl.' There's a or independent spirit to the women in the film. There's a sense of partnership in the dancing seldom seen so prominently on film. The women hold their own with the men in both the dancing and drama. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? The production value is amped up and overall the production is more high society and a time when people were not doing well. It's also bolder with more clearly developed archetypes. The music is also better developed. the dancing and sound are more sophisticated and daring in execution. The dancing says so much than regular dialogue What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? To keep spirits up from the Depression, to mirror the social times of the era and also to represent the times it was made in. The films are culturally relevant and interesting. I also loved watching Buddy Ebsen dance. As good as he and his co star are, they are matched equally by their counterparts. http://forums.tcm.com/topic/186357-daily-dose-of-delight-4-from-top-hat/#
  13. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. There definitely is a serious chemistry between the characters. However it is one that is being very carefully veiled and cloaked in innuendo and subtlety. When you cast aside the curtain of corny there's some serious heat here. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I believe that this is my first real real exposure to them. What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? Male dominated with women being prom and proper and being very morally subdued. There's a sense of captivity with spirit and independence and a sugary idea that love will make everything okay.
  14. roblevy

    TCM Backlot St. Louis Chapter

    I am interested
  15. Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not? I do in that it is so over the top and so drought with cheer that it cannot be real. There's a creepiness in how polished and polite everything is about some really disturbing aspects of it. The times were not that rosy and this is almost a balm for that feeling of cultural malaise. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals? Optimism, overcoming fear, the importance of family and friends and hard work. the pervading sense of 'everything is going to be 'ok' 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. The language between the the doorman and Zigfeld would be courser. The women would not be as covered up and been presented as more glamourous and probably objectified. Held may have had more of an independent spirit.

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