Rafaella Brito da Silva

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    Even though I haven't seen many Doris Day's films, I really admire her as a singer and actress. She is fantastic in every possible way, but I must confess Calamity Jane has never attracted me, mostly because of some pure reviews I read and heard about it. In my opinion, that kind of female representation fails completely because it puts men as the parameter of a pretentious gender equality, giving us a false idea of female empowerment. Once you put "masculinity" as the standard that should be followed in order to achieve "equality", you are not really destroying patriarchy values, but reinforcing them. Full of "yang" energy, women are forced to be equal to man, but they end up looking affected and ridiculous, just like Hutton's character and even Doris' in some moments. I must watch those films to have a more solid opinion, but, for now, that's what I have to say.
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    I notice that all in this scene is coordinated. From coreography, to the elements of mise-en-scène, to the colors and shapes of their costumes, everything matches perfectly, which gives us a sense of harmony and unity.
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    1. It is characterized by a humour with a sexy, erotic touch. In that clip, this touch is emphasized by the woman showing her legs and underwear. Alfred's exagerrated mannerisms reveal much of the theatricality that is a trademark in the actors from early movie musicals. 2. Two moments attracted my attention: first, when they are talking to each other, the muffled sound indicates that their voices are coming from inside the bedroom; and second, the gun sound, which is absolutely fake, and that's the reason why the scene is so fun, because the husband really believes his wife is dead. 3. Making fun of the wealthy lifestyle was much in vogue during those economically tough times.
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    DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #2 (From Rose Marie)

    I have always heard about Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, but I must confess, I haven't seen any of their films so far. I felt they really had a chemistry together. At least in those two clips, their interaction is the depiction of the classic battle of the sexes that leads most of romantic comedies from that time: women are sweet, delicate, lady-like, while men are gentlemen, womanizers. Their relationships have a magic, fairy-tale thing that lasts forever.
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    DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #1 (From The Great Ziegfeld)

    Yes, I do believe the film offers a brighter perspective, rather than the seriousness demanded by those tough times. That could be criticized as a kind of 'alienation' - and I agree, though I think it's a necessary one, since art provides a delight for people to keep on going cheery and persevering.
  6. What I love about musicals is what I love about music itself: it can turn the most simple, ordinary moment into something sublimely beautiful. I'm particularly fond of Old Hollywood musicals because they bring everything I love the most: theatre, dance, love stories, extraordinarily talented artists and Jazz music.
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    First Movie Musical?

    Agreed. I was going to point that question, bacause I've always heard "The Jazz Singer" was the first ever movie musical.

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