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  1. Thank you for the wonderful insights AcademeWriter, from another huge fan of AAIP and Gene Kelly. This is one of the things I love about this course- that we are exposed to information from other course members that we otherwise would not have access to.
  2. I’m joining the crowd here. I also find it difficult to do the analyzing whether I read others’ posts first or attempt to come up with my own ideas before reading other posts.I was pretty good at analyzing novels in English Lit. classes but this is different for me. I was never into analyzing for analyzing. That said, I am thoroughly enjoying this course and feel that I’m learning so much! I’ve always been a fan of musicals and black and white films. (I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong era! Lol) I’ve been doing all of the readings, watching the videos and seeing as many movies as my schedule allows. I’ve been reading many posts and learning from all of you! Also did great on the first quiz. So I think there is happily room in this course for all types of learners! On to watching “Holiday Inn”-
  3. Where can I find the list of recommended movies? Thanks!
  4. I think I remember reading somewhere that after Ginger wore the feather dress in Top Hat, Fred called her “Feathers” from then on. If not true, a good story!
  5. The main characters have the seemingly typical “I like you but I’m not going to show you that I do” reactions about them. The viewer knows already that these two will end up together in the end but what goes on in between to get them there? Stay tuned! Also Eddy’s and MacDonald’s characters are much funnier than I had noticed/given them credit for previously. I have seen Eddy and MacDonald in other movies, although I can’t be specific about which ones. The word “cheesy” always came to mind when thinking of them, but I think I was too hasty. I think if I saw the films now after learning about the background of them via this course I’d be kinder to them. I think I missed the nuances before. I think these movies definitely show a sanitized version of the male female relationship and show the sharp contrast between the MacDonald good girl character and the bad girl saloon singer. Note the difference in costumes and body language.
  6. The numerous angles in this scene seem to jump out at me implying something's off kilter here but what exactly? Joseph Cotten's character obviously knows "Harry" but in what context? And who is the man that Cotten thought Harry was? The single light on Harry's face works so well and seems to give us a quick glimpse of Harry's character- a bit devilish and perhaps amused by all of this? And then he's gone but why? Cotten's comment was interesting and telling- "I followed his shadow." I think that phrase could be generalized to many film noir characters! I agree with at least one other poster- I find the zither music really annoying and it's the reason I haven't seen this movie more frequently!
  7. I think the clip shows a contrast between the initial idea of the documentary and the musical score. While we're hearing the typical monologue of a documentary we're also hearing the contrasting music that builds to a crescendo that doesn't seem to jive together. Towards the end of the clip we understand where this is going to a certain extent and made me curious to see the rest of the film.
  8. I haven't seen the movie in years so will only comment on the clip. Gilda seems to be a desperate woman- desperate for Johnny's attention and desperate to be loved and is willing to use everything she has to get it. She gets his attention and is then unhappy with what she has set him up to do. No one wins in this scene. The music of course adds to the excitement and desperate feeling of the segment. Looking forward to seeing the movie with "fresh eyes"!
  9. Wow- what an opening that draws you in & immediately brings to mind those questions we all have about Miss Davis' character & the victim- what was their relationship & what brought them to this point? Stay tuned! Can't wait to see the movie! And the various "lights the moon left"- a character of sorts?

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