Ascension

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  1. We see the battle played out in many forms: the attire-Ginger is dressed in pants and not a flowing gown; the dance-we see each lead or follow at various points and playfully trying to out do or match the other. While we see the clothes, characters and scenery to give the audience an escape from reality, this offers the tension of love - we see it's impact on the characters and it's evolution. While still remaining true to the code. Screwball comedy musical sets the tone for what to expect - at this time women were becoming more independent, free and in control. This was not entirely on their own, if I remember correctly it was during this time that men, due to the depression, were abandoning their families and women were in the workforce and found themselves as the head of household. Also, women had just been granted the right to vote just years before-this also I'm sure had an impact on film portrayals.
  2. Pirate Santa Karl - I 1000% agree with this list as a 'MUST SEE!'
  3. The muffled dialogue behind the close door, the attire, the garter, dual language and translation all create this image of Alfred - they kinda say 'this isn't your run of the mill guy off the street' that this is someone of interest, experience and intelligence. They set the tone to indicate that something interesting is about to take place. Definitely the gun shot, the audience would expect to see tragedy but what happens is more light hearted, causing the scene to change from one of a darker situation to one of gladness and relief. Also, the silence and the music play an important part as they enhance and lead the audience to speculate the next actions. We are again given a brighter side of life perspective. We are give a picture of infidelity, a dark situation, that leads to the death of one of the characters; however we are then given the insight that there in fact is no tragedy. We see the husband go from anger to relief that his wife is still alive. And though a display of the wife's disappointment, anger and irritation; the husband displays relief, care and concern by helping her finish getting dressed. Additionally, Alfred gives us little smiles throughout the clip to indicate a lightheartedness and possibly the idea that he knows more of what is unfolding than he leads on. Other than we are given the luxurious clothing, apartment, location and other elements to give the audience an escape. The infidelity could even be a form of escape from the reality of the times.
  4. Thanks, Ascension, for liking my post about "Follies."

  5. The interactions are mutual for both of them, clearly you can see that there is an attraction as Eddy attempts to swoon MacDonald with his operatic love song. He is clearly trying to prove that he is a 'catch' as much as the next guy. Eddy is very forward as he fishes for information on the competition. During this scene, Eddy enhances his emotion by the way he moves and tilts his head. MacDonald does the same but with her hands. How she clasps them in interest and hope and when she opens her arms and moves her hands in a playful manner, one in the air and the other in the water. At one point her facial expression shows a 'like' towards him and the song, which quickly changes when she realizes what he appears to be doing with the words. When she calls him out they both make light of it, but she displays her irritation by mocking his song. When we cut to the saloon, we can see that MacDonald is clearly a bit out of her comfort zone and is not able to reign in the audience. A good girl is not as attractive in a space of that nature, when there are bad girls around. You can see the frustration and desperation in her actions and tone. Even when the pianist encourages her with a new song and words of advice, more pep and pip. We see the opposite, when the bad girl steps in and takes over. Though MacDonald attempts to copy her mannerisms and singing, MacDonald's singing style and code clothes prevent her from being able to shimmy, shake and belt the song out as the bad girl. So, she slides back defeated and humiliated, while Eddy watches displaying similar expressions and concern. When their eyes meet Eddy has a small smile on his face and that is the last straw. She storms out, which is expected - but he slowly walks having small conversations along the way. If I remember correctly the movies I have seen had sparks of interest, mutual attraction at a distance and a struggle which always lead to them ending up together. The studio knew what they had and played it out for the audience. It showed that there were standards. Attraction between the sexes was nice and almost sexless. Males were the pursuers, females were pursued. There was clear line between 'good' boys and girls vs. bad, which included mannerisms, actions, locations and dress. The saloon in the 2nd clip shows the line. Eddy with his unwrinkled uniform, clean shaven face and kempt hair. MacDonald's attire, singing style and mannerisms and her complete opposite in Gilda. The two gangsters and the intoxicated people. You can still see this in today's cinema - though I'm not sure how much the audience really pays attention to it.
  6. Viewing the clip displays no indication that there is a financial struggle taking place. In fact you could say that the opposite is being shown, from the clothing, jewelry, flowers and tip - one would be led to believe that the characters are living in a world where all is fine or that everyone is flourishing monetarily. Even as Anna flashes her audience with her mirror, you see that all are dressed well including her two rivals. The theme or approach I believe would play the same - all is good and fine in the world, everyone is employed, people have money to make frivolous purchases and my biggest problem is 'Do I want to meet this guy who sent me an elephant vase full of orchids?' Films wanted to give their audience less to think about the real world and offer them a place where they could escape to that was more picturesque and far less serious. Had this been filmed pre-code, I imagine we would have seen Anna take more than her hat off once she returned to her dressing room. She may have even been filmed a bath as she pondered the idea of meeting Florenz. I would even say that her costume may have shown more skin or been made of a lighter material. Her discussion of the meeting may have even been more dramatic than playful.
  7. Wow! So many wonderful musicals each Tuesday. But the last two...Mama Mia! What a selection! I cannot wait for those two days. ?
  8. From yesteryear to modern films, I never seem to grow tired of viewing some titles repeatedly. I grew up watching great musicals such as Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Meet Me in St. Louis, Mame and countless others. I should be embarrassed for the number of times i have sat down and viewed The Sound of Music or The Music Man, but with every passing year my fondness for these titles seems to grow.

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