LexieM

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  1. To Henry Higgins, he feels their relationship is the same, Eliza Dolittle is the "creature" he help create. He still corrects her grammar and offers a chocolate to calm her down. Thinking her outburst sily and that she'll feel better in the morning. Eliza on the other hand, felt like their relationship had changed, she'd started to feel closer to Higgins but then was hurt when he proclaimed "thank God it's over". She's afraid of being tossed out again because with her new grammar and etiquette she knows she wont fit in plus she wont get to be surrounded by all these people she's grown close with.
  2. The biggest change to appear in later movies is the role of the male. Before their was a lead male and a male who was the friend and then he female love interest. As time went on, that no longer became the case. There were movies starring women with men as the love interest or as a supporting character.
  3. We did Guys & Dolls in high school and I was always jealous because during "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat" our Nicely Nicely had the best choreography (and the best song). We even had a church pew turn into a boat with a sail that he got to stand on. I was just a Mission Doll
  4. The first thing would be his American accent keeping him "likeable", during this period of time with the communist scare and being un-American, Kelly's character was a straight A male from New Jersey who gave his opinion bluntly. At the time, I can see audiences seeing this as refreshing-no lying, no secrets about who he is. He was also honest and not prideful, yes he doesn't like criticism and yes he hasn't sold any paintings.
  5. A tongue twister already has a type of rhythm that Donald O'Conner and Gene Kelly pick up and start to use say it faster to get their beat going into song. They clap at the beginning when Kelly throws the book and drum on the desk. When they start dancing, it seems effortlessly and fast. They are no longer tapping at the beat or the tongue twister they are dancing and tapping.
  6. First of all, the way they portray the women in these movies was so sexesit. Marilyn Monroe was a talented woman, who was only showcased for her looks. The whole blonde vs. brunette thing is why we still have stereotypes today. So when they created Calamity Jane and Annie Get Your Gun they showed her dirty, uneducated, and only that she wanted to be accepted by men. That's infuriating that she has to change her looks and personality (sweeter, dainter) to be liked and to show that shes in love.
  7. All three men are in suits, but each suit is styled differently, pinstripes, casual, an ascot as a way to show their status, their jobs, and even their personalities. Lily is in a casual dress with a big skirt perfect for swishing and dancing. All four of them look like they belong in their profession and in the time period they are representing.
  8. Even in times of joy or sadness, the work has to continue. Petunia is happy the love of her life is alive but she can't be beside him all day.
  9. The tempo of the music directed the actors, when they were running, the music was faster. When Garrett had Sinatra in a corner, the music was slower. Also the set helped the actors portray their feelings, sinatra looking for escapes and Garrett finding ways to capture while being in sync with the song.
  10. What was the first Judy Garland film you recall watching? What was your first impression of her? How do you view her differently after viewing these clips than you might have viewed her previously? My first introduction to Judy Garland was The Wizard of Oz. I thought the acting was bad and I wasnt a fan of the songs. And then on my DVD of Annie Get Your Gun was a a deleted reel of Judy Garland being Annie and singing the song 'Doing What Comes Naturally'. and I felt she was trying to hard to be funny. (Later I learned Judy hadn't even wanted that part). In the clip from Easter Parade with Astaire I thought she was trying too hard again trying to be funny, but also Im not a big fan of slapstick humor and pulling faces. But in her scene with Kelly her true acting abilities shown with "fake" playing the piano and matching Kelly with energy, footwork, and chemistry between the characters!
  11. 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. I think the opening with the dialogue makes the movie slow. It drags out the main story. With the two men slowly walking up the stairs and then FDR and Cohen talking niceties, just get to the point. And maybe it's just me but the voice for FDR was off putting, it seemed to loud and very recorded. With opening the movie with the parade and Cohen's voice over I believe audiences would've understood that it was a biography. "it started in Providence, Rhode Island on the Fourth of July. There weren't that many stars on the flag then." Bam first opening line, audience understands when and where.It also helps wake up the audience rather than putting them to sleep.
  12. The Pajama Game. I was in the play, and the songs were ridiculous and the plot was so loose. One scene a company picnic, another scene a company fundraiser. It was all over the place. Also I've never been a fan of Doris Day, so I wasnt a fan of the movie either.
  13. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? As mentioned, Ginger's outfit is already a "battle", no more flowy feminine dress, but pants and a suit jacket. When Fred is singing to Ginger, her back is to him and her face is neutral, which I believe is a big deal, because even today we have men telling women to smile or men getting mad at women for not "accepting the compliment", Ginger isn't giving Fred anything. When it came to dancing, there were a few moments I noticed where Ginger did a little extra tapping move after Fred and there was that moment when fred kind of swung Ginger through the air, And then Ginger swung Fred, matching his strength. She went beyond just copying Fred Astaire, she added her own flair.
  14. Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. Silent films had a few subtitles so audiences could understand the plot. I felt with this clip Chevalier's character, Count Alfred was the vocal subtitle, explaining every once in awhile in english what was going on. Because films started to have sound, directors could rely less on the words and more on the actors. Also, having sound effects was a new thing, I'm sure when the first audience saw this film, the gun shots surprised them.
  15. This is a very unpopular opinion, but I really don't like Wizard of Oz or anything Judy Garland has done. As for musical number: "When You're in Love" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It's to high pitchy.
  16. The films during this era, showed and taught audiences, the ways to behave around each other. In the past, courting was so strict and flirting was frowned upon, but now we see ladies being more independent and speaking their minds. In the first clip of Rose Marie, Macdonald mocks Eddy's song and she had no problem talking about another man. In the second clip, Macdonald was making her own money by singing, she was again showing independence. Macdonald still liked Eddy, but she wasn't going to be the type of woman who hung off his arm. But in keeping with the Hollywood code, Macdonald dressed more conservative, and her quiet glee at Eddy's song was also an indication of being proper and behaved.
  17. I believe that this film showed a brighter side to life to help the public forget and relax from their worries. Beginning with Ziegfeld giving away so much money; to the doorman and buying flowers and everyone's extravagant fancy clothes. Even Held's carefree song is focused on playing and having fun which is a stark contrast to what the public was dealing with. But making movies better than reality, isn't such an old idea. Many movies today are making things look brighter or more exciting. For example, every single superhero movie is a great way to hide from the politics of today and imagine that there is superhero out there taking care of things.
  18. As a child, I watched and adored anything with Shirley Temple. She was a little girl just like me dancing and singing-doing the things I loved to do. But I'd have to say my favorite musicals would be Singing in the Rain and Thoroughly Modern Millie (plus SO many more). Because those films take place in my favorite time period, the costumes are just beautiful, the leading stars are all so talented,and I'm also strongly jealous of the dancing. Those are the two I watch when I'm sick or sad.

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