JohnT3

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  1. Saw it last night. Did not like it. Having taken and enjoyed our recent course on musicals, it made me once again appreciate how great Fred Astaire and his partners were. Gosling and Stone are not singers nor dancers. The visuals in LLL were quite good, but the rest mediocre.
  2. The previous, non TCM, Canvas Westerns course had many technical issues and problems that made it unpleasant to try to get through the course. I quit about half way through and hope that Ball State, Prof. Edwards, and TCM will work up a good Westerns course for us to enjoy.
  3. Quite pleased that I was not scorched by my classmates for vaguely suggesting that the Victory at Sea series had a musical quality worthy of note for our class!
  4. The Boy Friend is worth a cursory glance with fast forward required. Be sure and slow it down at about 1:04 to watch the choreography
  5. In the second week of the course, we studied, listened to, and learned about film and musicals in the 1940's as such related to WWII, and the three distinct periods - pre, during and post, and the messages depicted therein. Patriotism being a major theme. Questions in our course have concerned film techniques, innovations, influence on society, relationship to current events, and different forms of entertainment media and competition between them - motion pictures versus television. And at the end of our course now to the point of inquiring "what is a musical." I would suggest that the television series, "Victory at Sea," produced and shown on television in the early 1950's, because of the strong musical score written by Richard Rodgers, could fit in our broad description of a musical. Maybe a historical documentary with an impressive musical score throughout. Sixty plus years ago (I date myself here) I watched this series with my father, a WWII veteran of the ETO, and the score from all of the episodes continues to resonate within me, stirring American patriotism. I cannot imagine the series lasting so powerful in my memory without the Rodgers score. At any rate, agree or disagree with me, this to me shows how powerful music can affect us in our lives.
  6. On today's (6/28) lecture, there is a paragraph on Alexander's Ragtime Band with a b/w photo. Comment is "Listen to", but there is no link to press to actually listen to the song.
  7. No problem for me just a few minutes ago. Here in the Central Time Zone at 9:20 a.m. All was well with the quiz, photos, etc. Aced it with 100% therefore did not attempt to retake.
  8. I think a valid question would be “Whether the film was seen as offensive at the time it was produced and released?” If not, why all the gnashing of teeth in present time. One should view almost everything in the context of the time past, not by standards of the current day. I feel the same way about black face and minstrel performances. Right before the War Between the States, minstrel shows were very popular in both North and South, probably moreso in the North, and not viewed as particularly controversial, even though white performers made fun of black characteristics and blacks did the same of whites. At the end of the day, it was what it was, and it serves no legitimate purpose to either suppress or apologize for the art.
  9. Interesting that Ann Miller ditches her heels for slippers after her big number and right before she entices Astaire to dance with her in front of Judy Garland
  10. I would like to know what happened to Harriette Hoctor after 1940. IMDB and Wiki have no info on her other than saying she died in 1977 after an “extended illness”
  11. JohnT3

    Mickey

    Just watched Mickey. Honestly, it is the first silent film I have watched all the way through and maintained interest in it. Great film, great story. Beautiful actress. Wonderful music. I thoroughly enjoyed it. BUT, I really do not consider it "slapstick." Will appreciate our professor's comment on why it has been selected as one of the slapstick films. I am sure I have a lot to learn. Thanks, John T. Wilkinson III
  12. Thoroughly enjoyed our Fan Panel #1. A couple of comments. Seeing the photo of Harry Langdon reminds me of Pee Wee Herman. Really a significant likeness from the photo. During Robert's presentation, Patte commented on Larry Semon's film, Wizard of Oz, and indicated that it contained "completely unacceptable racist type" comedy. Sure, in today's world and society, that material would be unacceptable, but I believe that such material must be viewed and judged in the light of the the times of the past. It was what it was, provides insight in to how our world and society was structured years ago, and should not be buried, condemned, or apologized for. It is a shame that minstrel has now been deemed so politically incorrect, that it is shunned completely as an significant historical art form worthy of study, discussion and performance. We cannot change the past, but can certainly learn from it, but only if we know what it was. Younger folks today would not even know what it was. Thanks Professor for this new course. I am enjoying it. John T. Wilkinson III

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