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  1. 1. Even though both say they’re too busy for others, Streisand singing People say the exact opposite. The beginning is almost a hush I trying to get her feelings out. As she explains it further she is gently but with a gradually louder and more emotional voice. It rises to almost a fever pitch and shouting to the world her feelings. Then she ends it in a much lower voice, which one could imagine tears. 2. The scene begins with the two discussing how busy they are. They are close then as Streisand starts to sing she walks away from him. At that point she is center stage with Shariff either out of the picture or in the background. As the song ends they are much closer with the feeling the two of them will be together. As another mentioned she doesn’t look at him for the fear of crying. By walking away from him she can say what needs to be said. 3. The colors are muted to depict Fanny as unsure of herself with her feelings and life. The blocking shows in the beginning they were near each other then as the song progresses it block Nicky out of the picture. It gives Nicky a different look at her as a person and not just a performer. That reminds me of the shot in Ziegfeld where the real Fanny comes out for a rehearsal dressed up and Ziegfeld puts her in rags. He doesn’t see her as a,person with feelings but an object for his plays.
  2. 1. As with others these are two of my favorite films. Actually My Fair Lady is in the top five of musicals. Cukor does a fantastic in both. In Gaslight I view it done in a Gothic story and a thriller. In My Fair Lady it shows the growth of Eliza from an uneducated lady to a refined woman. The sets were muted in Gas Light andcolorful/alive in My Fair Lady even in the racing scene with the majority of the actors in black and white it feels alive and exciting. Charles Boyer slowly drives Berman mad. The scenes are muted in color and action. 2. In My Fair Lady the scene is different is that Eliza is totally in love with Higgins, who is totally clueless about it. Eliza faded into the background until the room emptied. It was only then she let her emotions show. Higgins is clueless and has no clue to his own emotions for her. It is only when she has gone that he realizes his feelings. 3. Unlike many other movies Cukor never shows them becoming a couple. It is only assumed as Eliza starts to bring Higgins his slippers.
  3. 1. In the Music Man he is not overtly a mans man like we see in cowboy or war films. He’s a con man to get what he wants in a sneaky way that is obvious to the audience yet not to the other actors. In Victor/Victoria he is a gay man yet given the time that the movie was made it isn’t overtly obvious. You can see it through some of his actions but more from the statements and actions of the couple he speaks to once his has finished singing. 2. In the Music Man he easily pulls the crowd in to what his line. That when you can see the con man come out. As another person said he plays them like an orchestra. In both movies he is sure of himself but yet doesn’t over play it to others. 3. Unfortunately I haven’t seen him in too many movies that weren’t musicals. I have see Reap The Wild Wind and How The West Was Won and to in my opinion he doesn’t stand out as a strong player as he does in these two musicals. In the musicals he takes command of the parts and runs away with them.
  4. 1. It looks backwards throughout the history of movie musicals starting with the auditions in the 1929 musical Broadway Melody audition. It also looks backwards of the child stars of the are like Shirley Temple, Denna Durbin and Judy Garland. It also shows the pushy parent which has been described that many of the child stars had during that era. 2. Rowland Russell’s entries reminds me of her entrance in Auntie Mame. She is loud, takes over control of the staff and is a bit bossy but yet in a nice way. 3. The sound has double meaning here. When we first see it the child is doing cart wheels and other tricks while singing the song. Also the child that Mama Rose talks off the stage in balloons is actually a sign of things to come with her daughter as an adult. As and adult Gypsy Rose Lee is doing her striptease act.
  5. 1. I don’t think it needs a more realistic approach at the end of the film. Through the vivid colors, different scenes and the music it allows the viewer a overall view of Paris. The ballet is what Minnelli and Kelly interrupt for Gershwin’s American In Paris. Quite frankly to me this is the best part of the film. It doesn’t need in dialogue but you can feel what Gershwin meant with his music. 2. Jerry really isn’t an unlikeable guy. You can see that in his interaction with the other artists, the woman at the cafe and finally with the second woman viewing his work. He try’s to be that way with the first woman when she try’s to give her opinion of his work. He’s obviously had discussions/interaction with others in the past and found them pointless and not very useful with his art.
  6. 1. From the very beginning you can tell that O’Conner isn’t there for the lesson but more for adding comic relief. The way he looks back and forth between the professor and Kelly you can see how he’s there to have fun and break up the seriousness. Then when he starts in back of the professor to make faces steals the scene. With the phrase rhyming it leads into the dance part of the scene. 2. The professor is trying to do his lesson seriously. Even as he losing control due to O’Conner’s antics he continues to try. He finally gives up with Kelly joins in. The poor guys final insult is when they loaditems from the office on him with the lamp shade on his head. 3. Even though all three are dressed professionally, Kelly and O’Conner are dressed in what I call business casual. The professor acts refined and and business like. Which is typical in Office. Kelly and O’Conner are more athletic as demonstrated through their dance routine.
  7. 1. Jane was portrayed more as a tomboy than the traditional female actor or in real life at the time. She wears pants even during the second video that we viewed. I could and still do relate more to her character being a tomboy myself. The 50s was also a time after the war where women returned to the home full time and didn’t really deck work outside the home. Especially ones as exciting as what Jane represents in the Wild West. 2. I’ve seen the majority of her movies. She always seemed like the girl next door. Even with her playing a tomboy in the film shown here. She could play strong woman as in Love Me Or Leave Me or the crazy one in her comedy’s with Rock Hudson. 3. Quite frankly I can’t imagine her other than a sunny disposition. Even in her more serious roles it was still there but not as openly visible.
  8. 1. The color of the outfits as well as the scene is mainly neutral. They all have equal time during the scene, even though they aren’t all on the screen at the same time. As alway Levant is the comic with his stunts, think of him carrying the ladder across the set. The one thing I notice not one of them dominated the scene. 2. None of the actors costumes stood out during the scene. The men were all in suits. Their suit coats were a little different in design but the color was still everyday business. Her dress wasn’t flashy or dressy. It looked like something that she could have bought at a department store. 3. No one stands out from the group. They complimented playfulness through their dancing and in song. None of them tried to out do the rest of the group.
  9. 1. Petunia is truly in love with her husband as seen in the scene. Not only is this shown through the song but by her actions. She is not only thrilled that he is alive but shows her love through her gentleness lying on the pillow next to him. When the scene moves to her taking down the laundry, Petunia wraps his shirt around her as if he is hugging her. 2. I envision the scene with a child would be similar to that of Little Joe. With the exception of maybe putting her head next to his and some of the words of the song. The similarity a child and Petuni’s love of Little Joe is that is unconditional. A mother typically loves her child unconditionally. 3. As with the film Hallelujah this is a major film for the black community. Even though the blacks had been making films and in the military for years this film WWII brought them to the forefront. They played and important role during the war as did every other ethnic group in the country. In films this got them beyond just being a servant or the help in the field.
  10. 1. I see it that Garrett is after Sinatra, much like we see when the role is opposite. It’s almost playful but you can tell that Sinatra what’s her to go away. It is also not what we were used to seeing in a musical with a lot of choreograph steps. But it actually fits the scene better with her chasing him through the ball park. 2. Here it is used to prepare Garrett for singing. At first it’s slow and deliberate and then it slowly speeds up to capture or nail Sinatra.
  11. 1. I remember seeing Athe Wizard of Oz on television before we had a color TV. I found her fastening and could really feel the meaning of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I’ve probable watched it almost every year since because it shows how one can overcome almost everything if you have friends. And even though the majority of women in films in the 30s weren’t the strong type she was. She was a girl that could think her way through many situations in Oz. Yet remained a child. I will admit that I wasn’t fond of her later musicals but I did like her dramatic roles, such as the one in the Judgement at Nuremberg. 2. I also been watching her films over the past 60 years. The only real difference I saw in these film clips was she took charge from Gene Kelly over the piano. As far as I’m concerned she controlled and stole the scene. 3. I agree with others that her performance in A Star Is Born. It was her strongest performance as an adult that earned her an Oscar nomination. And in my opinion it is the best version outside of the first one. She out does all the other version with her performance.
  12. 1. As Cohen is being escorted to FDR the servent speaks of how he had seen him years earlier because Teddie Roosevelt had gotten him a seat in the balcony. The pictures on the stairway were of past presidents. The pictures in the office are of ships as well on FDR’s desk. Cohen kept glancing around to take it all in as a member of the public would in such a place. Also flags were everywhere. 2. Cohen spoke of how his parents were proud Irish American and his dad served in the Cival War. He had enter at the age of 13. 3. Knowing the time frame that that it was being filmed and released it works much better staring with FDR and the White House. If it had not worked if it started with his birth.
  13. 1. I agree that not only but other films of the era presents a brighter and happier aspect of life. It was in a way for much of the country to escape the hardships of the Depression. 2. What I’ve seen in most of the Depreeion Era musicals is that it doesn’t show the hardships or struggles of daily life. The actors were typically gay and lighthearted. 3. If this was done pre-code the women would have been,scantily dressed, instead of fully clothed head to toe. There would have been more of Zeifields relationships outside of his marriages. An example is bathtub scene where you can’t tell that she is nude as you can in some of the earlier films m
  14. 1. Two things come to mind with this segment. The first is Rogers reaction with Astaire begins to sing to her about his feelings. That wasn’t the typical reaction from the area of the women. The other was the change in the work the role of women especially in the work place. Rogers has her own career and is basically an equal to Asterire. 2. In this film the dance segment was just the 2 of them. In other films it was full theater production with more than the stars. 3. Shows what was happening in the real world where women left the house to help support the family. They were more than wife’s and mothers. It was a time of redefining roles of women. His Girl Friday comes to mind in showing this change as well. It would continue throughout WWII to not only support the family but the country.
  15. 1. It has the Lubitsch touch in it. I found it more in the props and the facial expressions of Maurice Chevalier. It made light of the scene and pulled in the comic aspect of it. The props, especially the number of guns he had in the drawer, you knew he was a player. 2. It starts at the beginning of the scene with the 2 of them yelling on the other side of door. It continues when the husband and butler enter the room just as the wife points the gun at Chevalier. 3. The movies of the era were escapism from the issues and basic surviving. The comic/musicals allowed that to happen. The majority of them were done in high society and in a comical way. I think Lubitsch did it the best of all.

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