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  1. 1) Each shot captures a movement that was specifically planned. There is no dead time. Each movement has a purpose and the camera has to catch that. They had the close ups for the moments where the characters were close together but panned out to catch the moments in the stands. 2) From the very beginning this scene was choreographed, which is what gives it away as a musical number. Frank Sinatra comes out of the locker room and Betty Garrett is waiting for him. He tries to avoid her and what ensues is a jumping back and forth between them that almost looks like part of a dance.
  2. 1) The first Judy Garland film I saw was probably the same as most people. It was The Wizard of Oz. The second was For Me and My Gal. I have since seen her in so many of her other works that I have lost count and I have also found bits from her TV show on the internet and watched them as well. I remember as a child, it was her voice that stood out to me. Of course, as a child, I didn't see her as Judy Garland; I saw her as Dorothy. Dorothy could sing, she was beautiful,and she was brave. 2) I wouldn't say that I see her differently. I would say that my appreciation for her continues to grow in the assortment of things that I have seen her in. She worked hard in the areas where she wasn't as strong (I have read that in her opinion, it was her dancing), so that the final product was worthy. 3) I love her in Summer Stock (which, I know, is from the early 50's). I loved her grit and determination as a farmer, but also the love that she develops for the theater, because it shows that you can be passionate about multiple things and you can invest yourself into those things. I also truly admire her performance in A Star is Born. They keep making remakes of it, but you only need to see Judy in the film and that is enough. The smooth calm when she sings "The Man That Got Away" is one of my favorite moments. She brought such raw emotion to the role that you really felt for her. The scene at the end of the film really shows the mixture of the struggle and the true appreciation that she feels. In my opinion, it was the best of Judy. While I love Grace Kelly as an actress, I truly believe the Oscar should have gone to Judy that year.
  3. I'm so glad that there was a Daily Dose for Yankee Doodle Dandy. I discovered the movie last year on TCM and it is now one of my top 10 favorite films. 1) The opening scenes are at the White House, America's house. I feel that that in itself is promoting American ideals. It also goes over the fact that Cohan got his start with his family and it shows the importance that starting a family had for his father. He also spoke of his love of country steaming from his father, who ran off to join the Civil War because he loved his country so much. This was right at the time men were either enlisting or being drafted to fight for their country so this idea would have been very personal to many. The country was also trying to promote patriotism, so having a film that shows parades where flags are waving and telling the story about the man who wrote the song "You're a Grand Old Flag," really helps bring that to the forefront. 2) The part that stood out to me the most was the point where Cohan is discussing his birth. He speaks about how America was full of hope for the future and anticipating the growth of the country. In the dawning of a world war, the American people needed hope that America would be victorious and continue to grow as a nation, so reminding them of how the people before them had that hope might inspire them to have it as well. 3) One of the things that I love about this film is the narration of the story by Cohan. By opening with him telling his story on the verge of WW2 to the President gives it an incredible sense of patriotism right out of the gate and then movie into the parade on the 4th just adds to that feeling. If they had started with the parade, without the context of why that day was important, not only to the nation, but to the family, it would have not had nearly the push that it did. I thought it was a great move on the writers and director's part.
  4. 1) You see the "battle" in the way they interact even before the dance begins. He is giving his very best lines, things that have probably worked for him in the past with other women, but he comes across a woman who won't fall for his line. She on the other hand, will not allow his wiles to get the best of her. 2) Where as so many of the Astaire and Rogers dance numbers have the elaborate sets and costumes, where as this one, is out in an everyday location that could be anywhere and their costumes are simple. 3) Woman were becoming just as big of stars as the men were, so they were be given bigger roles and parts. It also added to the story when both parts were strong.
  5. 1) Everything about the way the scene is set-up and directed gives the impression of extravagance. Even the way the Chevalier flippantly plays the character and provides translation to the viewers, shows his own extravagance as a character, which is only proven at the end of the clip when he is told that he has had one scandal too many. 2) Allowing us to hear the sounds of the gun and the rattling of the doors adds to the spirit of the scene. It gives a moment of seriousness before allowing us to realize the comedy that goes along with it. 3) In so many musicals in this era, we have the playboy who is reformed of his ways falling in love with a woman who at first turned off to his lifestyle (Astaire and Rogers films). We also see that type of screw-ball comedy come into play in many musicals in the depression era. The extravagant and larger-than-life way that they are filmed also provide a level of escapism for people suffering during the 1930's.
  6. 1) There is a certain level of innocence that is carried through them, fitting in with the code, but there is also a wonderful flirtation between the two that comes through in the clips. They are romantic without having to be seductive, which is evident in the second clip when the more **** up saloon dancer gets up to entertain, but Eddy's eyes stay fixed on MacDonald. You can see the admiration and love that he has for her shows on his face. Purity shines through more than the sexuality. 2) N/A 3) There is a level of purity to the romance, as I mentioned in the first response. There might be teasing going on between the two, but they don't stray from solid and traditional view of first comes love, then marriage, then the baby in the baby carriage.
  7. 1) I feel that in the time period in which these films were made, the majority of Americans were struggling through every day, just trying to make it to the next. Their lives were far from glamorous, but a musical allowed them a glimpse into a life they could only imagine. For an hour and a half, they were wealthy, they were dancing, and they didn't have a true care in the world. Most wouldn't want to see something that they might face every day, whether it be financial or business struggles or people trying to get by. They wanted light and beautiful to take them away from the dark and dreariness of their own struggles and hardships. 2) As I stated previously, people were looking for the opposite of what they were experiencing, so it only makes sense that we will be seeing glamorous views, light romantic problems, and a happy ending. 3) I imagine the costuming was made a bit more conservatively. You simply compare the revealing costumes the women wore in Broadway Melody to the conservative gown worn in this film clip, and you see how even in the simple ways, things were made to fit the code. In this clip, Ziegfeld is trying to seduce the woman away from his competitor. Had this been pre-code, his actions and dialogue might have been a bit for forward and seductive, as it probably was in real life.

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