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  1. 1. In this scene, you can see aspects of the battle of the sexes in the similar way that the two characters are dressed. They are on equal footing with their attire. It is in the back and forth competitive dance moves that it really shows. 2. Ginger Rogers' character is a much stronger woman than we have seen in some of the previous clips. This is seen in her dress and how she goes head-to-head with Fred Astaire's character. 3. Culturally during this time period, the woman's movement had taken a backseat once the Depression happened. Women's priorities were on their family during this time, and many places would not hire women because they did not want to take jobs from men, who were the main breadwinners. But women were still looking to follow strong women, and First Wave Feminism was not that far back in the past. Eleanor Roosevelt, a very strong woman, was in the White House, and even in the midst of the Depression, I think women did not want to lose the strides that they had already gained. Also, once again, in these Depression-era musicals, the focus was taken off the dire times that most people were facing. It was a place to escape, and what a nicer escape it is when everyone is treated like an equal.
  2. 1. The use of props easily help understand the character of Alfred. The random garter that the couple are arguing about at the beginning and that Alfred is holding at the end, reinforces that Alfred is a playboy. The collection of guns in his drawer does this as well. 2. The sound is muffled in some scenes and then clear in others. You hear a conversation at the beginning of the scence, and as soon as the door opens, the volume immediately increases. The loud gunshot adds some drama to the scene. 3. I would anticipate dramatic, serious issues like infidelity in this one, would be turned into lighthearted, comedic ones. Also, I'd expect that nothing tragic happens in these musicals. In this scene from The Love Parade, we at first think that the wife has shot herself, but it turns out that she was only playing dead. Everything turns out fine.
  3. 1. I noticed that the leading man is very forthright with his intentions; he is interested in pursuing Marie. He tries to find out about his "competition," the man she is going to see. She acts very coy with him, and shows visible annoyance. I think I might have even seen an eye-roll. However, when he starts singing, she starts smiling and shows an attraction to him. They also have a very playful interaction when she starts mimicking his song. In the second scene, it is obvious they like each other because you can see Bruce's empathetic embarrassment for her. And Marie is extremely embarrassed when she realizes that he has seen her making a fool out of herself. If she didn't have feelings for him, she wouldn't have cared so much. 2. I haven't seen these two actors in other films. 3. In films like these, the male/female relationship was always depicted with the male pursuing the female. Women in this era did not or were not allowed to exercise their own agency, so the men made the first moves. Also, usually the women either hated or were annoyed with their leading man, who eventually would win her over.
  4. 1. I do agree that they portray life very brightly. Giving the doorman such a big tip, and the expensive flowers given as a gift demonstrated that money was no object. Also, everyone in the clip seemed to be cheerful and playful, including the audience members in the theater. 2. Other Depression era musicals I'm sure will work hard to keep the themes light, and not focus on real-world issues. They do not want to depress already depressed people. 3. If this musical had been pre-code, I imagine that when Anna Held went to her dressing room, she might have removed more than just her hat. Also, she would have been scantily clad on stage.

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