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  1. This song is Fanny singing almost a love song to Nick. Both are lonely and standoffish in their own way. Nick throws money to solve his problems while Fanny becomes busy and has no time for anything else. If Fanny had sung this song with more gusto it would have ruined the scene. As you look at Nick and Fanny, you see longing in their eyes for each other.
  2. This is one of the final scenes in My Fair Lady. Eliza has become emotional because she realizes that the fairy tale is over and she is caught between being a lady and being a flower girl, plus she realizes that she is in love with Dr. Higgins. Higgins on the other hand is being logical not realizing that he has fallen for Eliza. Cukor plays off of those emotions. Both Gaslight and My Fair Lady are set in Victorian London. Very prim, very proper and definite class divisions. The male is always in control and women are given to hysterics.
  3. I don't recall seeing Robert Preston in anything but musicals so I really can't say anything about his approach to acting. In musicals of the past, men didn't really show emotion and were not in touch with their "feminine" side. As movies changed over the years, men still play the tough guy, but they also show more of their feelings and are willing to shed a tear or two. What I notice most is Robert Preston's style of singing, it is like he is more or less talking in rhythm. Also his characters manipulate people to get what they want.
  4. The scene looks back to vaudeville, with the auditioning of kids on stage which reminds me of the "Our Gang" classics. The kids were always putting on a show in a very adult way. Rosalind Russell just takes over the scene, very loud, very boisterous and very fast talking (which she is very good at). The title alone is an indication of where the song will go -- "Let Me Entertain You". When Louise and Baby Jane are auditioning, it means something innocent, but later in the movie when Gypsy Rose Lee performs it, it means something entirely different, something more adult/sexy.
  5. The ballet scene at the end of the film is pure fantasy for Jerry, I don't believe the rest of the film would have been right if it was as stylized as the ballet. When the third year girl arrives to look at Jerry's paintings, Jerry becomes agitated by her and develops an attitude of just take your snootiness and leave. As you watch Jerry's body language, you can tell he just wants the third-year girl to leave. Jerry's body language changes again in Milo begins looking at his paintings, he becomes relaxed and nice.
  6. Before Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly start dancing, they get in rhythm by reciting the tongue twisters. The beat of the sayings lead into the beginning of the song and dance. The professor catches Cosmo making fun of him which makes him a little irritated. Once the song and dance begin, the professor tries to escape the madness but is pulled back by Don and Cosmo and is forced to watch the show. The professor seems to enjoy watching, at one point you see him try to get in rhythm with Don and Cosmos as they escort the professor to a different chair. The three men work will together with Don as the Alpha, Cosmos as the Beta and comic relief and the professor as prim and proper with no sense of humor. When dancing, Don and Cosmos are on equal footing, both dance well together. They make you feel that they have known each other for a very long time and are in rhythm with each other.
  7. Doris Day has such incredible roles. Calamity Jane is more of the I really don't need a man type of role which is different than other female roles during the 50s. Most female roles were innocent/virginal or dumb blonde types. In a way Calamity Jane is tomboy not aware of how beautiful she is. Looking at Doris Day's career, it seems she has done it all. From the innocent girl in "By The Light of Silver Moon" to playing James Cagney's girlfriend in "Love Me or Leave Me" to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and all of her movies during the 60s. She is just a great actress. Doris Day just brightens everyone's day. Calamity Jane probably was not a sunny person, but this is a movie, it is fantasy and I love Doris Day in it. She adds her own character twist to the role.
  8. They are performing together as friends, not as lovers or a stage act. No one person is more important than another, they are equally important as the scene goes on. What I noticed about the costuming is that they are color coordinated, showing that no one is more important or a lead in the scene. You can tell that the performers in this clip are friends wanting to help each other get the show started.
  9. Instead of boy chases girl, this scene is girl chases boy. Each shot focus on the girl trying to get Frank's attention and keeping it. The scene transitions into the singing by showing the characters doing a dance by Frank trying to avoid Betty.
  10. The first time I heard this song was by Rosemary Clooney, but Ethel Waters does a beautiful job of singing and truly owns the song . You see Petunia in disperse as she is sitting in the rocking chair, but runs to see Joe when he awakens briefly. The emotion that is heard in Waters voice when she is singing to Joe. Petunia is dedicated to Joe and to God. When the scene cuts to the laundry, to me it indicates that Petunia would do anything for her man, making him comfortable and making sure he gets everything that he wants or needs. This is not a song that would sung to a child unless the lyrics were changed. For me this is more of an adult type of song. In a way this is a stereotypical portrayal of blacks, showing the movie in a poor, rural large black area. Blacks at the time of this movie were starting to come into their own. They were serving in the military, even though they were basically segregated from the white soldiers. The movie does show that they can carry a movie without whites in it. Hollywood may have been ahead of curve when it came to civil rights and portrayal of blacks. One of the things that I noticed was the dancing. The dancing seemed to be more looser and free flowing rather than a Fred and Ginger movie where everything is very well choreographed and absolutely perfect.
  11. Boy, I honestly don't know what my first Judy Garland movie was. It might have been the Wizard of Oz or the Andy Hardy movies or Meet Me in St. Louis (my personal favorite) or Easter Parade or In The Good Old Summertime. She has done so many films that are absolutely wonderful. Judy Garland is one of those performers who has it all and she appeals to so many people, young and old alike, on so many levels. You see her dancing and singing, her comedic timing. I really don't view her any differently after viewing this clips because I always thought of her as a wonderful performer who can do it all. She can take you to that magical place where you just loose yourself in the music and dance and the story. She plays well off any of her co-stars, be it Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly or Van Johnson or Margaret O'Brien. A Star Is Born is the obvious answer because it does show how she as grown as a person, performer, dancer and singer. By the time A Star Is Born was made, she had gone through so many personal struggles that it just comes out in her performances.
  12. Describe how the scenes in today’s Daily Dose were designed to promote American values for audiences during World War II. Be specific. Refer to props, set design, settings, etc. in your answer. The movie showcases the wall of Presidents as Cohan ascends the stairs to meet FDR in his private office. The parade is loaded with flags and patriotic music, people cheering and celebrating the birth of the United States. Listen carefully to the dialogue in these scenes. In what ways does the dialogue and/or the screenplay work to boost American morale? Quote specific lines of dialogue in your response. So much of the dialogue reinforces the American morale, Cohan tells FDR that he is awestruck in meeting him, the President of the United States. Cohan also mentions about how proud his father was that he joined the military when he was 13 years old to fight in the Civil War, showing the long tradition of the supporting America. Since this is the opening of a biographical musical, how differently do you feel this film would be if it opened with the Fourth of July Parade scene in Providence, Rhode Island vs. the opening with FDR in the Oval Office? Defend your answer.  If this movie would not have had the same effect by opening up with the parade scene in Rhode Island. By starting with the older Cohan reflecting about his start in the business with FDR, it creates the scene for the original Yankee Doodle Dandy. The movie is more reflective rather than a growing up movie about George M. Cohen and the music that he created.
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? Dale shows that she is a woman with a mind of her own in this film. Throughout the film she shows that she will make up her own mind about what she does and she does not want anyone telling her what to do, especially a man. In this scene with Jerry, Dale shows she can dance just as well as he can and she will not be out done. Jerry does finally succeed in impressing Dale. In previous scenes, Jerry tries to impress Dale but does not succeed in his endeavors. Dale also holds Jerry in contempt because she thinks he is married to her best friend, when in fact Jerry is single. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? Top Hat is still the same formula of boy sees girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl wants nothing to do with boy, boy woos girl, girl falls in love with boy, boy and girl finally get together. There are less what I would deem production numbers where the whole cast is in the scene. The movie actually showcased Fred and Ginger dancing one on one than most films of the era. Also, Dale is more sarcastic then women have been in other leading roles, usually the sarcasm falls to a secondary character in the film. 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? Women are just starting to come into their own in this time period. They had just received the right to vote 15 years earlier, the world is coming out of the flapper era where women had started smoking, drinking and fooling around in public. The Depression was still in full force and women were more in likely to be in the workplace rather than home with the kids. The character of Dale shows that women can be on their own.
  14. With the showing of the expensive garters (one of which was not Paulette's), the pearl handled gun and the unzipped dress give the impression that Count Alfred is definitely a lady's man. Also the showing of the draw with a collection of guns, garters and material which the Count shows as trophies from his conquests. There wasn't a whole lot of background music in the scene which helps with the drama. The scene opens with the Count and Paulette on the other side of the door yelling at him in French, when the Count turns and looks directly at the camera and says "she is terrible jealous", you feel that the Count is talking directly to you, the audience and is including you in the scene. I love the way that the director uses the close ups of the faces of the actors, especially the one of Paulette on the ground after she shot herself and the gentlemen figure out that she actually didn't shoot herself.
  15. In the first clip, it seemed that they were more comfortable with each other in a flirty kind of way. You can tell that they are both attracted to each other but are not willing to take it further than harmless flirting. In the second clip you can tell that Marie is very uncomfortable in her situation. She is trying to sing in a saloon which is out of her element. Then he walks in, Sgt. Bruce with a saloon girl, and Marie get very nervous trying not to make eye contact and basically, trying to shrink into the woodwork. You can tell that they have a growing attraction to each other but they don't want that attraction to get in the way of the real purpose of their being there. You can tell that Marie is very uncomfortable when the saloon girl comes up and starts to sing over her and do a shimmy-shake to get money thrown at her. If haven't really seen either one of them in anything. Their style of music isn't what I enjoy, so I don't really watch them. It seems since the Hollywood Code was put in place, that the girl meets boy interactions were kept pretty much platonic until the end of the movie when the guy gets the girl. A lot of flirting but no hopping in bed until they are married and not even then. The fact that they allowed a saloon girl in a skin tight dress do a shimmy-shake dance was interesting. Again, the movie is showing the really bad saloon girl wanting the guy, but in the end knows the good girl has his heart and true love. This seems like a typical movie for the time. Everything comes out like it should in the end.
  16. This was certainly more optimistic for the time. Movies became an escape for people, at least for 90 minutes or so, even today. This musical was made at time that the economy was starting to turn around, people were going back to work, things were looking brighter on the horizon. Europe was just starting to feel the pangs of Hitler and his regime. When William Powell gave away the 5 pound note to the doorman, you feel that the rich have the money to bestow on the working class but it also showed that money was beginning to flow in the world again. This movie lead the way for looking at the light at the end of the tunnel, that things were going to turn out okay in the end. Musicals that followed put a positive spin on the ending, that everything was going to turn out okay. If this movie had been made prior to the pre-code era, I feel that there would have been a lot more skin showing throughout the movie, in the dressing room, back stage. Definitely showing various stages of undress.
  17. I answered early, but the more I thought about what my favorite musical is, I remembered I always love Shirley Temple movies and Elvis movies. You just can't go wrong. Shirley Temple was always so up beat and wonderful, and Elvis, well, Elvis is Elvis and his music will live forever. I love reading about everyone's favorite musical, such a wide variety. I love it.
  18. Hello everyone. The musicals that I watch repeatedly are White Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis, Holiday Inn and usually any Fred and Ginger musical. There are so many good musicals out there that it is hard to really choose. But, I do like Christmas musicals most of all.

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