oftroy59

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  1. An 'all for one' approach. It may begin as three of them convincing the fourth, but it doesn't take long for the trio to become a quartet. With the exception of the 'Pretty Baby' number in 'Born to Dance', it's hard to think of a group of actors singing together in such a way (although I'm sure there lots I am not thinking of). It's usually a man and a woman flirting or a person center stage with (or without) a supporting cast in the background. The characters in the Band Wagon are well defined. The girl (who gets all the sexy lines) the jokester, the older man of experience and the skeptic/best friend that has brought them all together. They may be singing with a singular purpose, but the lyric and gag assignments are in line with these personalities.
  2. As a teenager, I fell in love with the movie "That's Entertainment" and it is through this movie that I was introduced to the classic movie musicals, albeit the MGM kind. I can't remember my first Judy Garland movie as I've seen several of them many times. My favorite movie is " Meet Me in St. Louis' but I owned the album 'Easter Parade' and sang those songs full voice in my bedroom all the time. My parents were very understanding. My kids today will watch the movies but, unlike my parents, have no patience when I sing 'Shakin' the Blues Away', 'A Couple of Swells' or 'I Love the Piano'. Perhaps when they get older...
  3. I worry that with Shirley Temple in the role, it simply would have become more of a child's movie than one adored by everyone of all ages. Judy was more mature Dorothy. I'm not convinced the WOOz would have become the classic is has become had Temple taken on the role. And to be deprived of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' is unthinkable.
  4. I find it interesting that the director choose to have the actors actually speak French as opposed to the technique used subsequently in movies of having the characters speak English with accents. Given the timing of this movie - right after the silent era - I wonder if the director's choice was intentional so as to be authentic or is a reflection of the fact that dialogue in movies was not as important as facial expressions and visuals (showing the garter,guns,etc). Between all the expressions on the actors' faces and prop closeups, the audience can follow this scene without knowing any French.
  5. In as much as most of the musicals of this era are lighthearted and frivolous - which is why I like them and find them so re-watchable - The Great Ziegfeld is no exception. Musicals have never really been grounded in reality. The depression is nowhere to be seen nor is anyone looking for it. With all due respect to Damien Chazelle (sorry to be getting way ahead of myself), I like knowing the lead characters will succumb to a happy ending - fall in love AND make it to Broadway/Hollywood.

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