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  1. If this song had been belted out, the whole meaning/tone of the song would have been lost and would have affected the scene. This scene needed to show vulnerability, even hesitation and it did. At the end of the scene, the actors are still apart even though they have been flirting back and forth during the scene
  2. Both films, Gaslight and My Fair Lady have to do with men denying a woman's intuitions/emotional honesty. The sets were not a particular distraction for me but rather an enhancement of the scene playing out on the screen. In both films, we see a sense of 'there there, don't worry your pretty head about it, everything is just fine' from the principal actors.
  3. Robert Preston was a consummate actor..witness his performances in the two clips we are shown. In "The Music Man" he is a con man who has a come to Jesus moment at the end of the movie and can actually do what he has been intimating he can do all through the movie. In "Victor/Victoria" his every gesture is tuned to the character he is playing...I loved how he got everyone riled up in that clip! I also saw him in "S. O. B." by Blake Edwards in which he played a doctor. His doctor is a hypochondriac and is constantly griping that he needs to take a nap, he has a hangover, he needs a B12 shot, etc. In each of these movies, Robert Preston can tell the story with just a gesture. http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/1198482/S-O-B-Movie-Clip-Thank-God-I-m-Not-A-Surgeon.html
  4. At the beginning of the clip, we see Baby June and Louise all 'gussied up' for their audition. Then, Mama Rose comes bursting in like a ball of fire to make absolutely certain her girls get all the spotlights, attention, glory, etc. I did notice the lyrics which can be sexualized (as they are later on in the movie) and I agree that the girls are made up to appeal to a male audience.
  5. I think the term 'stylized ballet' is disingenuous..aren't most ballets stylized to some degree? I do like the fantasy aspect of the ballet, the colors versus the background. I didn't find Kelly's character to be unfriendly, rather he was assertive as to how good he felt his work is/was. I did enjoy the juxtaposition of the color in this clip.
  6. This clip always makes me smile. The Professor, gods help the poor man, is just flabbergasted that 'these movie people' don't take him seriously...after all, he's JUST trying to do his job. Kelley and O'Connor are in sync essentially from the beginning of the bit, with O'Connor the court jester to Kelley's alpha male king.
  7. This film, Calamity Jane and Annie Get Your Gun (as well as the later The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Debbie Reynolds) seem to have the same theme...you can be a 'tomboy' but sooner or later a man will come along and sweep you off of your feet. Again, I realize we are looking at these films from a different perspective in time, but it seems as if many of the films of this era have that same theme.
  8. The costumes are all blended, in that no one performer really stands out in the number. Also, there is the definite feeling of 'teamwork' and 'we need to do this together' in the clip.
  9. One of the concepts I think we all need to remember as we go through these movies is that we are looking at history through our modern eyes. Cabin in the Sky is at once lyrical and stereotypical. We have to try to view this film as a product of its time. That being said, the beauty of the songs and the choreography is smashing.
  10. Let's start with the whole feeling of Frank Sinatra being 'trapped' by Betty Garrett. It is obvious that she has got something to say and by damn, she is going to say it come hell or high water. I found it interesting that Betty Garrett was blackballed, another actor to fall to the 'witch hunts' of McCarthyism.
  11. To reiterate many others, my first Judy Garland bit was the Wizard of Oz. I remember as a little girl feeling magical as the movie shifted from sepia to color. I think most of us wanted to be Judy Garland. Later in the clips, we see Judy being able to keep up with Fred Astaire (a seasoned performer) and to ease into her performance with Gene Kelly ( just getting into the scene) and yet her performances in each of these clips was tailored to her partner.
  12. 1. There were flags waving everywhere, and even in the beginning of the clip when Cohan was talking with FDR, FDR says 'the Herald Tribune says you make a better president than I do.' and Cohan replies, "don't forget, that's a republican newspaper.' In the second part of the scene, there are flags everywhere, a way to build up patriotic fervor. 2. The clip then goes into the father dancing, but as he goes offstage, he is warned to 'be back by 4:15." and he states, "don't worry, I/she will never miss a show." 3. I think we need the flashback at the beginning of the clip to foreshadow what is to come.
  13. I love Astaire and Rogers, always have done. In this clip, I believe the whole concept of women 'needing rescuing' is moving to women being stronger and more independent. Ginger is not needing Fred to dance, she is dancing for her own delight as well. Women moving into the work force helped to foster this genre.
  14. I love this scene! Everything from the props, the sound, the dialogue is so well integrated, giving us a story from the very beginning. I particularly liked the the reactions vis a vis the garter (and she has both of hers!) and Maurice Chevalier's little 'oops' face. The look upon her face as it is discovered the gun has no bullets is priceless! It has a lighthearted touch and I liked the clip.
  15. Interesting juxtaposition between the 'bad girl' in that tight outfit and the 'good girl' who ends up with 'her man'. I realize that women were put into the Madonna/**** construct during these movies, it was marked during the Production code era.

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