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  1. Let me start off saying that this is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE MOVIE MUSICAL. Every. Single. Time. Babs appears on screen I just get lost in her performance. Her mannerisms, her voice, her over the top reactions perfectly blend together. If her performance of People was was more loud, theatrical I don't believe it would have the emotional effect as her version reflects. Fanny is a very "loud"/sarcastic character in general but she has a softer side that when it comes out you can't help but fall in love with her.. just like Nick does. Both characters are "lonesome" in the sense.. Nick is always traveling to gamble but enjoys the freedom and Fanny performs night after night yet still feels alone. The lyrics meaning fits the both of them; people need other people to survive. Being "alone" in this world.. whether that's physically being along or emotionally alone is very very difficult and unfulfilling. I like how the camera follows Fanny as she's walking down the street singing and Nick trails behind.. kind of like he's chasing after her; craving her. The camera zooms in on her when she hits some of those high notes to punch you in the gut. At the end of the song you can see Nick in the background staring at her in awe realizing that her needs her.
  2. I have not seen Gaslight but I would imagine he is very skillful with lighting in both films; highlighting and shadowing the specific feelings and themes in the dialogue. Previous musicals are either bright and colorful or dark and gloomy but there is never really a transition while in the middle of a scene. Hepburn is fantastic in this scene. Her emotions are so strong and so powerful you want to scream right along w/ her. As Higgins enters she's crying - making her seem vulnerable. Once she sees him she throws a fit and he's just as confused as ever. Cukor allows them to play off each other so easily that it just seems so natural.
  3. Male representations in the 60s and beyond are pretty different from musicals of past decades. Men start to become I would say equal to their female costars instead of acting like the alpha of the group. Men could either be very suave or your average joe. Being it was around the time of the sexual revolution it also allowed the openness to sexuality regardless of their sexual orientation. For example, Omar Sherrifs suave, gambler in Funny Girl to Joel Gray in Cabaret. I notice that in both scenes that he's very good at capturing his audiences attention regardless of how or what lyrics he's singing. I actually haven't seen any of his films! I know shame on me! lol
  4. Well it takes a look at the behind the scenes of a vaudevillian performance. It starts to set up a "future" musical number. It also displays the rush of children trying to become the next Shirley Temple. Rosalind Russell's performance as she barges in demanding attention screams stage actress. She quickly grabs your attention with the fast talking, over the top stage mom performance and you can't help but just stare at her in awe. Her stage skills flawlessly transition over to the screen with the theme of the 60s musicals. While the girls are singing the lyrics seem more innocent and sweet but as performed as an adult could have a more provocative meaning.
  5. I believe having a less than realistic approach throughout the entire movies actually helps play up the beautiful dance/musical scenes. I think it helps remind of us the escaping reality theme of the 30s. Gene's love for Leslie grows throughout the movie and I think the small dances and intimate conversations eventually lead up to the massive ballet number which places an exclamation point for the whole movie. I don't really think he's unlikable in the scene. I think his "unlikable" nature comes from the frustration of being a starving artist. Throughout the rest of the movie his personality is more persistent than unlikable. As he's traveling to set up shop he's passing by his fellow artists and just seems happy go lucky. But when it comes down his art not only does he want to showcase it he wants to sell it. So as the college student passes he knows that she's not going to buy anything and shoos her off in the hopes of another passerby that will consider his art and low and behold Milo walks up.
  6. You can tell by how O'Connor goofs off, mocks the Professor and the rhythm of the tricky dictations/sentences that there's a song and dance number coming up. I mean even if there wasn't any predance move, when those 2 are together you always knows a musical number is coming. The professor watches the men the entire time; watching how they move like he's slightly studying them. He doesn't really get angry or upset that they're goofing off and actually making fun of him but instead he just goes along w/ it. The silliness of O'Connor and Kelly is the complete opposite of the Professors "straight" demeanor.
  7. Doris Day's character of Calamity Jane is the complete opposite of how women were viewed in that era. Her character was all rough and tough and full on tomboy throughout the majority of the movie. Day's "masculinity" is seen in what she wears to how she speaks. Women were starting to show more femininity in films from showing more skin to more skin tight clothing to even more promiscuous musical numbers. I think this movie really showcases her acting diversity. Which would be able to open more doors for in future rolls; not just the ditzy, cute love interest but the empowered, motivated woman. I think it actually helps her character of Calamity. If she didn't have a likable, contagious personality I don't think moviegoers would be as excited to she her play this tomboy role.
  8. All the characters move very cohesively; very fluid. No one person really sticks out; they all have equal talent. In previous musicals it was either 1 or 2 people that showed their impressive talents. The rest of the ensemble just faded into the background. All the costumes have a very cool, neutral tone to them. No one specifically sticks out among the group. As the number progresses they are put in front of a harsh red, warm background which allows all of them to stick out but continue to seem equal. The staging either has them set 2 x 2 or all together. Really neither actor is specifically showcased. Again displaying a cohesive, fluid performance.
  9. It shows the passage of time. From being at his bedside in his time of need to doing the laundry while he recovers. You can tell that she loves him so much and that love will always win regardless of his nasty habit of gambling. If she would be singing for a child I believe it would be angelic than sensual. - Obviously the lyrics would need to be fixed to be more innocent but the music could fit either way. I believe the musical displays the AA culture and what they believe it represented at the time. For example the jazzy music, the lust and even the tone of their accents. If this movie was made the same way today, people would probably lose their minds because of today's concerns and issues w/ racism and bias. I believe this movie became a success and a classic because of the specific time period it was made in.
  10. One thing that I notice a lot during any musical is that certain shots go with certain lyrics in the song. Like when Betty really leans over Frank and says "it's inescapable" is an example of this. Betty's "chase" perfectly represents the subject of song. You know as soon as Frank and Betty see each other outside the locker room you know that it's not going to lead to a dramatic dialogue but a catchy musical number.
  11. The first movie I saw Judy in was of course... The Wizard Of Oz. I loved how sweet and innocent she was and how she just wanted to get away from normal life. I've always had that want to escape reality; escape normalcy and see what was on the other side of the rainbow. I've always wanted to sound like her because she has such a unique voice that just grasps your attention. I honestly don't view her any differently. She's always been a star no matter when genre of musicals she's performing in. A Star Is Born is the clear answer because all of her performing abilities come together beautifully!
  12. The clear example of the promotion of American values would be the flags waving and the patriotic music during the parade, but also Cagney talks of the patriotic pride he had during his youth and how he inherited it from his father and the president commends him for it. This conversation obviously boosts morale because of the tone it sets; the President of United States applauds a citizen on his patriotism for his country. Any American citizen could easily put themselves in Cagney's shoes and receive the complement FDR gives. I like that the conversation starts the movie because again.. it sets the tone for the whole movie by giving it "heart and meaning."
  13. 1) I honestly don't see much of a "battle of the sexes" during this scene. I only really see it when Fred initially starts dancing but it's only for just a sec as Ginger and him fall into sync. 2) I believe Ginger Rodgers is in a more prominent/important role than most women were in during the era. She was a strong, empowered character that Fred had to listen to and follow. 3) Women were starting to become more independent during the depression era which lead to more empowered women in film; showing how valuable they really were. Not only could they stand on their own but surpass their male costars.
  14. 1) The main character is sly and witty and always seems to be of “convenience”. Especially when her husband is trying to zip up her dress and cannot. She then goes over to Alfred and he zips it up with ease. You can easily see Lubitsch’s touch in multiple parts of this scene. From the extra garter to the multiple guns and the fake bullets. 2) The “weak” sound of the gun going off was the first thing I noticed. Obviously sound was brand new at the time and gun shot that goes off sounds nothing like and actual shot but I also it adds to the comedic value of this piece. Also the characters speaking French as well add to the comedic yet intensive outlook on this scene. 3) This scene is a very common theme that runs throughout multiple depression era musicals especially the light, comedic aspect of it. Even as the women is caught by her husband, everything turns out “ok” and all characters seem to blow it off.
  15. 1) In the rowboat scene we witness and early courtship between a coy yet empowered women and a possible gentleman caller. Eddy jokes w/ MacDonald about the man she is hurrying off to see. Eddy finds out what his real job is and then proceeds to "show off" to MacDonald. Near the end of the tune MacDonald shows a spark of interest in Eddy by smirking a bit; he had definitely caught her attention. The sophisticated yet romantic chemistry between 2 characters makes for the development of a perfect couple. In the saloon scene you can easily see how uncomfortable and embarrassed MacDonald is trying to sign her little operatic heart out to room full of rowdy drunks. As soon as Eddy walks it she takes note of him right away. As she bashfully tries to hit the notes, Eddy instantly notices her. As his one friend notices that she's struggling, she makes her way up to the piano in her skin tight dress and begins to belt out the tune overpowering MacDonald and capturing the attention of the crowd. Embarrassed, MacDonald leaves. Recognizing her humiliation, Eddy then gets up from the table and goes after her. This goes to show the evolution of these 2 character's relationship and how it is maturing to different level. 2) I am fairly new to classic musicals that I have not personally seen them in another film together but they are a truly perfect pair. 3) The sweet, romantic admiration these 2 have together perfectly describe the majority of male/female relationships during that era. Post code allowed for courtship on a more personal, less sexual level. Words and song were more emphasized then physical looks.

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