ZaZa

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  1. Every male person is treated as an equal even though the female tries to be seen as an equal. Some of the lyrics in the song are showcasing how entertainment is when a girl is seen as overtake by a strong, masculine figure. Some of the earlier musicals were still seen as dominated by men. However, during WWII women were showcased as being able to take care of themselves as men went off to war. Cohesiveness is shown in all their costumes being on gray and neutral tones. This makes the number appear to be more equal instead of singling out the woman with a vibrant dress. All the characters joke around with each other, especially the men. There are also two men that are fighting over the girl.
  2. The scene is directly focused on her since she is singing. Besides that, in the laundry scene the camera follows her to show her role to her husband: to take care of him at his bedside when he is ill and to do his laundry. This idea solidifies the notion of how the woman belongs in the household. The song would change if she had been singing about a child. They would have filmed the woman singing as she is sending the child off to work on the farm. The cultural meaning changes because not many African Americans were going to school so the child would not be filmed going to school.
  3. Betty Garrett chasing Frank Sinatra is meant to show build in the music for when Garrett finally starts singing. The specific small movements between Garrett and Sinatra reflect the music: Garrett spinning Sinatra and the descending of the music as Sinatra is trying to get away from Garrett. The meeting of Garrett and Sinatra inside the stadium and then the chase onto the bleachers let the audience know that a musical number is going to happen which will have some pertinence on the plot.
  4. The first Judy Garland film I recall watching was the Wizard of Oz. When I was a little girl watching Garland I was fascinated by her beauty and her ability to sing. I wanted to sing the songs she sang in the Wizard of Oz. After viewing these two clips I can see how she remembers a lot of aspects during her performance to keep the audience entertained but to also give some focus to her co-performer.
  5. During the very beginning of the clip as Cohan walks up the stairs with Roosevelt's butler there are portraits of the presidents to give a hint of how American's should take pride in their history of strong leadership. Including President Roosevelt to prove that he is a good leader and he understands patriotism. The dialogue influences American morale by showing how patriotic music can unite people during times of war. If the film opened up with the parade instead there wouldn't be any context as to what is going on and who is first being introduced in the film. Starting in the Oval Office helps set up a scene of how Cohan's life began.
  6. Other aspects from this dance sequence in Top Hat that showcase the battle of the sexes is when Astaire and Rodgers are dancing as one. Astaire would spin Rodgers around and a few steps later Rodgers would spin Astaire around. Proving that a woman can be exactly like a man. Most of the other Depression Era films show the woman as very feminine and demure. Whereas in Top Hat Rodgers is dressed like a man and it showcase how a woman can be independent from a man. As the Depression Era comes to a close women are starting to enter the workforce in order to support their families. Therefore, a woman has property and values to think of when a man is trying to woo a woman.
  7. The Lubitsch touch is a complete focus on the little things; props, costumes, sets, dialogues. His goal was to have his audience see what the actor would see. For example; opening the desk to put the lady's pistol into a drawer. Lubitsch uses this approach of focusing on the little things to create a complete characterization of Chevalier's character. He is a womanizer but also wants people to go back to the ones they love. He uses the language of love; French. This proves how he is a womanizer since women are attracted to French speakers. Lubitsch's use of a pop instead of a gunshot can illustrate how the director wanted to emphasize that the shot from the pistol was not real. However, at first hearing it a person could accept that it was real. This adds to how Chevalier's character is not a true womanizer but someone who cares about those he chooses to love. Since this film was created pre Code there is use of women's garters. Post Code there would be no mention or showing of women's undergarments or of a woman needing her dress zipped up.
  8. The interaction between Eddy and MacDonald prove how courtship during the Production Code era did not want blunt emotions. Preferring the subtle glances and playful teasing. On the canoe, MacDonald mocks Eddy's tune as being able to fit to any girl's name. The subtle glances during the saloon scene show how MacDonald is reluctant to show interest in Eddy but can't help but care. Care about her way of singing and being apart of the community. The Production Code wanted silent looks and understatements be part of courtship. The audience therefore felt that subtlety was important when it came to courtship. The Production Code did not want to encourage people showing their emotions and feelings physically. The main goal was to keep everything as pure as they could.
  9. The character Anna Held was dressed very frilly and her surroundings are soft and delightful which suggest that there is no hardship in her or her audience's life. There is no discussion about the politics of the time. The audience is only meant to focus on her deciding whether or not to meet Florenz Ziegfeld. The theme of romance and looking at how a woman must decide between two paths of life. Another theme is how women are not seen as independent but have to be reliant on a man in order to advance her future. During the section of the clip where she is in her dressing room, pre-code would have had her undress more as she is trying to decide what to do. The entire body of a person would be filmed rather than showing just the upper half.

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